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What Does It Mean to be Mindful?

Mindfulness is the ability to maintain moment-by-moment awareness of our thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, and the surrounding environment through a gentle, nurturing lens.

Mindfulness is the state of active, open attention to the present. When we are mindful, we carefully observe our thoughts and feelings without judging them as good or bad. Mindfulness can also be a healthy way to identify and manage hidden emotions that may be causing problems in our personal and professional relationships.

Many people think that being mindful requires engaging in activities such as meditation or yoga. However, while such activities can be fun and beneficial, there are also lots of other, simpler things you can do to be mindful all day long.

Being mindful helps us to find peace and appreciate moments in our lives more. It helps us to become more aware and subsequently makes us more grateful for each day.  By acknowledging that our days are limited and not to be taken for granted, mindfulness can relieve stress and enable you to better understand the difficulties you face each day.

How to start practising mindfulness in everyday life!

1. Make a conscious effort to focus on the present moment, without judgment.
2. Don’t think about the past. Don’t plan the future.
3. Don’t be too hard on yourself when your mind wanders off during practice. Gently bring your attention back to the present.
4. Pay attention to your thoughts, words, actions, and motivations.

Mindfulness is now being examined scientifically and has been found to be a key element in stress reduction and overall happiness. It has also been proved that:

 

 

Mindfulness improves well-being

By focusing on the here and now, many people who practice mindfulness find that they are less likely to get caught up in worries about the future or regrets from the past. They are also less preoccupied with concerns about success and self-esteem and are better able to form deep connections with others.

Mindfulness improves mental health

In recent years, psychotherapists have turned to mindfulness meditation as an essential element in the treatment of a number of problems, including depression, substance abuse, eating disorders, couples’ conflicts, anxiety disorders, and obsessive-compulsive disorder.

Mindfulness improves physical health

If greater well-being isn’t enough of an incentive, scientists have also discovered that mindfulness techniques help to improve physical health in a number of ways. Mindfulness can help relieve stress, treat heart disease, lower blood pressure, reduce chronic pain, improve sleep, and alleviate gastrointestinal difficulties.

Above all, mindfulness practice involves being kind and forgiving toward yourself by accepting whatever arises in your awareness at any given moment.

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