What is Mindfulness?
The state or quality of being mindful or aware of something" and "a technique in which one focuses one's full attention only on the present, experiencing thoughts, feelings, and sensations but not judging them.
Mindfulness is a way of paying attention to whatever is happening daily in our lives, noth internally and externally to us, in the current moment. When we connect with the present moment, we become aware of habitual patterns of thoughts, emotions and behaviours and can deal with them appropriately.
With mindfulness, we can train ourselves to pay very close attention to what is going on in now; just as it is. Much of our suffering is a result of issues and regrets about something that has occurred in the past, worries about the outcomes of future events or judgments about the present, who we are, what we are etc.
When we are mindful we become aware of these things and explore them, especially any habitual thought patterns and ways we react to such things. This attitude of curiosity allows us to create new and healthier ways of responding to life’s challenges.
Mindfulness is not a religion, with any belief system, you can enjoy its benefits, many of which are based in research.
Things Mindful people do differently
1. They do not believe their every thought - they know sometimes they do not mean anything and are just a thought.
2. They never try to avoid or deny their emotions - just accept them
3. They know that events come and go and mostly fleeting - all things will pass
4. They do one thing at a time
5. They turn everyday tasks into moments of mindfulness
6. They are curious - and they practice is in order to find understanding
7. They get outdoors often and embrace nature, walking, sitting, being
8. They enjoy every food they eat and acknowledge its benefit
9. They read slower than others in order to absorb more information and understand it
10. They are fully present when listening to talks or communicating, without judgement or prejudice
11. Whilst working or doing tasks they will find a few minutes to take breaks to reconnect with their thoughts
12. They practice and learn laugh at themselves
13. They focus on the task at hand, whatever it is they are focused on
14. They question and challenge existing belief
15. They nourish and care for their Body, Mind and soul
The beneficial effects of mindfulness-based therapies are supported by the growing body of evidence as these things are looked into by science. Over several decades of clinical research, it has shown that it can benefit people suffering from anxiety, recurrent depression, chronic pain, substance abuse and other conditions. other benefits include:
- Stress reduction
- Reduced rumination
- Decreased negative affect (e.g. depression, anxiety)
- Less emotional reactivity/more effective emotion regulation
- Increased focus
- More cognitive flexibility
- Improved working memory
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