We are all hearing that buzz word at the moment, Mindfulness. But, what exactly is it?
It is a state of awareness and being actively conscious about things that would usually be subconscious.
Why Is Everyone Talking About Mindfulness?
Whilst it has been a concept around for many many years, and really is a fundamental part of living a spiritual life, we are only just hearing about it in a worldwide way.
The concept is widely used to combat stress, anxiety, depression and so much more. This is because of the no judgement rule that comes with Mindfulness.
We unfortunately live in a world plagued by judgement, and judgement creates a darkness inside. Whether being judged or doing the judging the effect is the same. The concept of Mindfulness is creating a higher level of awareness with the absence of judgement. This sets you free and allows energy to flow. Once you open your heart to this you will start to have more and more positive experience. Positive attracts positive!
Most of us find ourselves overwhelmed by thoughts and feelings, worries, pressures, responsibilities, what ifs and should of, could of, would of. These thoughts can be more predominant when we are faced with pain, difficulties, and illness. And the cycle continues, until you feel you are stuck and nothing seems to be going right. Not only do these feelings damage mental health they are detrimental to our physical health. Mindfulness can help us to work through these thoughts and feelings, and can turn your life around. Just by being more aware.
What Is The Goal Of Mindfulness Practice?
Mindfulness helps us sustain our awareness more often and for longer periods. We can begin to practice mindfulness by adding many brief moments of awareness into our lives on a daily basis.
This awareness comes with lots of benefits. A major benefit being the awareness of negative thoughts or judgement. Let them in, acknowledge their presence and then let them go.
Here are some of the good things mindfulness can bring to your life:
- Focus and concentration
- Improved emotional and physical wellbeing
- decreased stress and anxiety
- improved health
- better sleep
- improved focus and awareness
- better problem solving
- improved impulse control
- increased compassion and kindness
- stronger relationships
- higher life satisfaction
Ways Of Practicing Mindfulness
Mindfulness can be put into practise anytime anywhere, because it is a state of mind. And you can choose how far you take the concept. There is formal practise and informal practise.
Formal practise includes mindful meditation and concentration. It is sitting and looking within on a deeper level. This isn’t for everyone and doesn’t mean you can’t practise Mindfulness if you don’t feel comfortable with meditation.
Informal practise allows you to be more mindful in daily life and includes smaller, less confronting concepts such as mindful eating, mindful walking and mindful listening.
You may find that practising informally leads to you wanting to explore further and delving into formal practise. Being more mindful in both forms improves emotional and physical wellbeing.