The Art of Mindfulness
What is Mindfulness?
Mindfulness is a term used very regularly when talking about mental and physical wellbeing, but what does it actually mean?
Mindfulness is simply being fully conscious in each present moment, rather than distracted by past experiences or future activities.
Why practice Mindfulness?
The demands of modern life dictate that we rush through daily schedules, juggle tasks, muddle through and bury difficult experiences. We spend our lives in a distracted state, losing awareness. We fail to stop and see the good things in life.
When we lose that sense of our current self, we lose the all important intuitive connection with your body. Failing to listen to changes within means that we miss warning signs and listen to negative thoughts and self-sabotage.
Being mindful, enables us to have mental clarity to guide us, affording a calmer approach and helps us to avoid habitual responses through unconscious or emotional reactions.
What are the benefits of Mindfulness:
– Improved concentration & mental clarity
– Greater inner peace and calmness
– Prolonged sense of relaxation
– Balanced approach to life
– Ability to respond productively in a state of stress
How can you improve your ability to become present?
Mindfulness meditation is a great way to slow the mind down to set the foundation for creating new behaviours. Just 5 minutes each day will start to strengthen your mind to be clearer and more aware. Try using Mala-beads to guide you through the meditation – inhale as you hold the first bead between your thumb and fore-finger and exhale as you hold the second, then continue until you have touched every bead.
Spend time in nature regularly and appreciate flowers, trees, etc. Smell fragrances, explore colours, listen to sounds, feel your feet on the earth, feel the wind on your face, watch raindrops fall. Enjoy feeling alive!
Take time out to practice deep breathing – feel the sensation of each breath as it fills your body, listen to the sound of the breathe, notice what happens to the body’s tension as you inhale and exhale. You can do this anywhere!