What is Mindfulness?
Mindfulness can be simply stated as being present in this moment and accepting what is.
Awareness, acceptance, and non-judgment are a few qualities of mindfulness.
Humans tend to live in the past or the future, and the future usually is dictated by the past.
One human tragedy could be that we believe everything our mind tells us!
Our mind knows what it has been trained in by past experiences. How we feel, think, act, react, handle or run away from a situation.
Our mind create stories, imagined stories, that feeds our anxiety, disappointment or fantasy. In either case, our mind has created a story that is not real and not happening presently, but because we do not want to deal with the reality of a situation, it's easier to fall back on something that seems to "distract" us from it and which eventually form habits.
Overeating, smoking, drinking, drugs are some habits humans create to, to "deal with the stress" instead of really dealing with the situation.
Becoming aware of the situation, distinguishing the "story" from factual reality, acknowledging it for what it is are some powerful ways of becoming present, handling the emotions, difficult situations, and eventually being happier. with our lives.
Mindfulness is a Lifestyle choice and every one can experience benefits by living mindfully.
- Improves quality of life
- Builds resiliency towards people, and life situations
- Positively affects health, work, relationships
- Appreciation for life
- Reduces stress, increases relaxation
- Creates value for self-care and self-love
- Increases empathy and compassion
- Promotes being present in the present
- Overall satisfaction and happiness in life
Mindfulness vs. meditation
While meditation and mindfulness have a lot in common, they are not exactly the same.
Mindfulness is a Lifestyle that you practice as much as possible through the day, as you eat, work, play, sleep.
Meditation is in my opinion, an exercise for the mind and the brain and the body. It is a tool that improves and refines our Mindfulness capabilities,
Yoga Nidra, a guided meditation technique can vastly reduce the mind chattering, train our brain to shut off or slow down enough to sort the noise from reality.
Meditation and mindfulness have very similar benefits, but also have their own unique qualities they can bring into our lives.
Read some benefits of Meditation and Yoga Nidra here.
Being mindful helps many aspects of our lives, but there are tools that help us be more mindful.
And being mindful about how we EAT can greatly benefit our productivity and our health.
Read more about these by clicking on the links, and as always, feel free to contact me. I would love to support you on your Mindful Journey.