Mindfulness is simply being aware of what is happening right now without wishing it were different; enjoying the pleasant without holding on when it changes (which it will); being with the unpleasant without fearing it will always be this way (which it won’t). - James Baraz
Mindfulness is a kind of meditation where a person starts focusing on the precise moment, their thoughts, breathing rhythm or any other sensations or sounds. During meditating the person is deeply aware of what they are feeling at that moment and is fully aware of what is happening in the present, without judgement. The senses are used to focus on the surroundings and also the person observes their thoughts and feelings, as written on thriveglobal.com: ‘Awareness is the first step to change; becoming aware can help you break free from negative thinking patterns, thus allowing you to direct your attention to more positive thoughts and feelings.’
The goal of this meditation technique is to achieve a state of alert and focused relaxation during which the mind is allowed to focus on the present moment.
Being mindful results in people being happier, they are less likely to become depressed, they are less stressed and have improved mental health and sleep. Below you can find some tips that may help you with being more mindful.
Ø Meditate. Try taking few minutes every day to sit in a quiet place and focus on your breathing. When your mind starts wandering return the focus to your breathing. This simple exercise will help you feel more connected.
Ø Take a day or two away from your pho
ne, tablet and computer every week, if that seems like too long start with half a day, soon you will be looking forward to your gadget- free time.
Ø Move your body.
Ø Spend time outdoors and in nature as often as possible if not everyday.
Ø Do one thing at the time and focus on it.
Ø Be kind to yourself and others.
For a more detailed list of tips on mindfulness you can visit: https://technologyformindfulness.com/mindfulness-tips/
From exercises such as the above the results can be nothing but positive, present is all we have and it is really worthy focusing and living each minute of our lives to the full. As Eleanor Roosevelt (and the Master from Kung Fu Panda) said: “Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery and today is a gift. That is why it is called present.” Focusing on each moment can be beneficial for our mental and physical health in so many different ways so why not try a mindfulness meditation today? Below are a couple of links with two of my favourite guided mindfulness meditations, chocolate lovers try the second one, I hope you enjoy.