Mindfulness

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Mindfulness is being present in the moment with acceptance to all things and without judgement. It is the practice of attention that trains the mind to become more in tune with ourselves and the present moment. It is noticing and paying attention to our thoughts, feelings, emotions, other and sensations, accepting them for what they are, allowing us to show up and be fully engaged with whatever we are doing. We can practice mindfulness during yoga, mediation, breath work, and daily duties as long as the practice is staying in tune with what is happening in the here and now. Although you can practice mindfulness during a meditation, there is a difference between the two. Mindfulness meditation practices involve being aware of something, while other meditation practices are being aware of nothing. Mindfulness can be practiced while engaging with people and our environment, while other meditations cannot. Most meditations require us to completely remove ourselves from the present to look internally and observe ourselves, or completely clear our minds altogether. This can be a bit confusing, but the more you practice the better your understanding will become!

 

Many people move through life on autopilot, and this is the opposite of mindfulness. We spend most of our time planning for the future or pondering the past through hoping, dreaming, preparing, regretting, missing, and so on. When we are disconnected from the present moment our emotions just seem to happen without acknowledgment. Mindfulness provides the opportunity for us to slow down, work efficiently, and appreciate the little things in life that we may otherwise look over.​ Through mindfulness we train our minds to pay more attention to daily life and the things we may rush through and allow more time for efficient conscious decision making while decreasing stress. By practicing being present in the moment it trains our minds to operate more efficiently in our subconscious as well, and this is exceptionally useful when handling difficult situations.

For centuries mindfulness practices have brought mental clarity to people all over the world. When practicing mindfulness we use mindful anchors to connect us to the present with ease and without judgement. Mindful anchors can be anything from feelings, sensations, and expressions in the body and environment. Internal anchors include focusing on the breath, sensations in the mouth, feeling your heart beat, sensations in the palms of the hands, and more. External anchors include visuals within your surroundings, sounds, touching textures or objects, and more.

The best part about learning mindfulness, is that you can practice it anywhere! While walking to and from your car, waiting in public, when handling stress, and so on. We can take the mindful tools that we learn from wellness practices and incorporate them into the busiest of schedules to benefit our wellbeing.

Mindfulness practitioners experience life changing benefits including stress reduction, improved attention span, improved sleeping patterns, decreases in blood pressure, reductions in chronic pain, and more! The beauty within these practices is that we are able to practice them starting at age 2 and can continue practicing for the duration of our lives. To incorporate all ages, practices that are taught for each group vary due to factors like attention span and physical fitness.

Mindfulness can befit us mentally and emotionally by increasing our mental clarity, emotional intelligence, self-control, tolerance, concentration. Physical benefits of mindfulness include decreases blood pressure, treat heart disease, relieve stress, reduce chronic pain, improve sleep, alleviate gastrointestinal difficulties, increase oxygenation of the blood, and improve our ability to breathe. Mindfulness can assist in coping with disorders and conditions like obsessive compulsive disorder, post traumatic stress disorder, trauma, anxiety, depression, hostility, heart disease, strokes, and diabetes. Evidence also suggests that incorporating mindfulness into our lives at an early age can completely prevent diseases and conditions like heart disease, insomnia, and IBS

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Would you like to experience mindfulness? I invite you place one hand on your heart and the other on your belly. Close your eyes and feel the breath move through you. Take a deep breath in...... and then out...... 

The beauty of mindfulness!

I encourage you to revisit this practice wherever and whenever you desire to connect to the present moment.