What is Mindfulness?
Mindfulness is the practice of making a gentle effort to pay attention in a particular way that is open, receptive and non-judgemental to what you’re experiencing at the present moment.
It means to slow down to really notice what you’re doing and being intentionally aware and awake to each moment and be fully engaged in what’s happening.
Mindfulness helps promote physical, emotional and cognitive stability.
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How Do You Practice Mindfulness?
Mindfulness is not just about being alert to the present moment, it’s also paying attention very carefully to the environment around you.
The things you need to consider before you start practicing mindfulness:
It Won’t Cost You Anything: It’s not necessary to buy a special cushion to sit on and you can practice mindfulness anywhere. All you need is the time and space to devote towards developing your mindfulness skills.
Don’t Worry About Quieting Your Mind: The goal of mindfulness is not for you to have an outworldly or blissful state of mind; what you’re trying to do is to pay attention to the present moment without judgement.
Your Mind Will Drift Off: Practicing mindfulness involves trying to focus on what you’re thinking at the present moment. However you’ll find that many thoughts arise including those about what you did yesterday and these may make your mind wander. Through mindfulness you become aware of this and consciously bring your focus back to the present moment.
Your Inner Critic Will Try To Take Over: We’re all guilty of listening to our inner critic in our heads more than we should. Our inner critic is in the form of negative thoughts that cause us to judge ourselves and not be aware of it. The practice of mindfulness involves intentionally focusing on a present moment without judgement, so we learn how to look at these thoughts and react to them by making mental notes on them and letting them go.
It’s All About Returning Your Attention Back To The Present Moment: Mindfulness is the practice that uses the sensation of the breath as an anchor to the present moment. Our minds have the tendency to wander into random thoughts, this is why mindfulness is the practice of returning to our breath over and over again when we’re trying to refocus.
Sometimes the terms mindfulness and meditation are used interchangeably, many of us think that they’re the same, they’re not.
Mindfulness involves intentionally focusing on the present moment, while meditation is a mental exercise that involves relaxation, focus and awareness; its practiced individually in a still seated position and with your eyes closed.
The practice of meditation leads to the enriching of mindfulness.
What are the Benefits of Mindfulness?
The practice of mindfulness has many benefits including:
Being Able to Make Better Decisions: The mind has tendencies to wander toward unconscious thoughts such as ruminations, emotions and memories that can trigger feelings and reactions that cloud our judgement. Being mindful is becoming aware of these thoughts and the inner workings of your own mind and making you a better decision maker.
Improves mental health: Mindfulness is a practice that’s an integrative approach that helps people manage thoughts and feelings that cause mental health problems.
Improves Physical Health: Scientists have discovered that mindfulness techniques have physical health benefits including stress relief, lowering blood pressure, reduction of chronic pain and relieving gastrointestinal problems.
Increases Attention: Mindfulness along with other treatments can help you develop inner skills that promote your ability to control your attention by strengthening your ability to self observe and develop different relationships to experiences that are stressful.
Helps You Sleep: The world we live in can be stressful; at work we have tight deadlines, along with being anxious about job security. Stress can affect sleep quality and incorporating mindfulness into our daily routine can help us sleep better.
Improves Relationships: Since mindfulness increases the awareness of our thoughts and actions it’s great for improving relationships.
What Makes a Mindful Mastermind?
A mastermind is described as someone who has an outstanding intellect or someone who plans and directs an ingenious and complex enterprise. People from different walks of life can be described as masterminds such as inventors, intellectuals and famous geniuses such as Albert Einstein.
Being intelligent or smart means that you have an easier time processing and understanding information.
Most people think that intelligence and wisdom are one and the same.
Wisdom is the soundness of an action or decision with regard to the application of experience, knowledge and good judgement.
When a form of practical wisdom such as mindfulness teaches you how to think about and apply what you have learned.
Sometimes we learn things that cause our minds to wander toward negative thoughts that contribute to limiting beliefs and anxiety that we try to control. Mindfulness makes you aware that this is happening, you accept what is happening and lose yourself within your heart space when you’re feeling inner peace after letting go of negative thoughts that don’t serve you.
What Do You Do To Create Mindfulness In Your Day?
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