You’ve probably heard about it already because it has been used a lot for the last few years.
What it Mindfulness?
“Mindfulness is a state of active, open attention on the present. When you are mindful, you carefully observe your thoughts or feelings without judging them good or bad. Instead of letting your life pass you by, mindfulness means living in the moment and awakening to your current experience, rather than dwelling on the past or anticipating future” (Psicologytoday.com)
“State of being conscious or aware of something. “ (Web Definition)
There are many definitions of Mindfulness but the bottom line is that Mindfulness teaches us about awareness.
Why Mindfulness is important?
Improves ability to manage stress (being overwhelmed, busyness), strengthens concentration and mental clarity, helps to regulate emotions, develops compassion.
Even though I have been teaching mind and body awareness for many years, I really started to research more about Mindfulness and applying it to my “every day” last year.
To become mindful it doesn’t happen overnight. It takes practice and time. Also, everyone’s body and state of mind is different, so it affects everyone differently.
Here are my few steps to start applying mindfulness and awareness into your life this year:
1. Slow down and listen.
Try to get up early in the morning before everyone and enjoy your morning tea or coffee. Maybe go outside and watch the sunrise. Listen and hear sounds of nature. Just enjoy those first few minutes of a new day.
Avoid: turning TV on, checking your phone.
2. Practice gratitude
Take a few minutes of your day to write about things you are grateful for in your life. It can be your family, morning walks, your favorite cup of coffee, etc. Write them down every day for a period of five days then read them to yourself on day 6. You will be surprised.
3. Connect with nature.
It can be just 15 minutes per day. Take a walk on the beach. Go for a hike. Sit in the park. Go and experience nature in full (waves crashing, sound of the wind, birds singing, etc)
Avoid: using your phone or any other devices during this time.
4. Hear your breathing
Sit comfortably or lay down and relax. Just listen and follow your breath. Thoughts will come and go. Don’t fight them, accept them. With time they will slow down and your mind will become quieter.