Let’s talk about one of my favourite topics today, let's talk about Mindfulness. I just love it. It has enhanced the quality of my life immensely, therefore I incorporate it in both, my coaching and my training practice regularly. Here is the reason why:
We live in a world that is filled with constant demands, distractions and stress. More and more people are lately earnestly searching for a way of life that brings calm, clarity and inner peace. Mindfulness plays a major role in a search for a better quality of life as it boosts well being, reduces symptoms of stress and improves mood. It is recognised as an effective treatment for depression and anxiety in patients who are failing to respond to traditional treatments. In addition practising Mindfulness boosts work productivity, reduces work absenteeism and improves social interactions in the work place. It has beneficial effects on our physical as well as on our mental well being. On both, short and long term, Mindfulness elicits changes in our brain that improve our emotional resilience, enhance our ability to regulate our emotional states, fine-tune our concentration and problem solving skills, and develop compassion and empathy for ourselves and others. These changes allow us to realise more of the potential of our brains and to deal better with the challenges of modern life.
What is Mindfulness?
Word Mindfulness is derived from the Pali word SATI, which means awareness. Pali is language in which original Buddhist transcripts were written.
When we refer to Mindfulness we refer to knowing what are you doing as you are doing it. Sometimes we are more aware and sometimes less aware.
Mindfulness means maintaining a moment-by-moment awareness of our thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, and surrounding environment. It involves acceptance, meaning that we pay attention to our thoughts and feelings without judging them—without believing,for instance, that there’s a “right” or “wrong” way to think or feel in a given moment. When we practice mindfulness, our thoughts tune into what we’re sensing in the present moment rather than rehashing the past or imagining the future.
Mindfulness uses a single object as focus, which is normally breath. Breath acts as an anchor to which we return our attention every time we catch our mind wander from it’s focus point, without giving ourselves a hard time.
There is a misconception that mindfulness demands cleaning your mind. On the contrary, mindfulness requires only attention and noticing what is going on in the mind, nothing else.
How to practice Mindfulness in everyday life:
Pay close attention to your breathing, especially when you’re feeling intense emotions.
Notice—really notice—what you’re sensing in a given moment, the sights, sounds, and smells that ordinarily slip by without reaching your conscious awareness.
Recognise that your thoughts and emotions are fleeting and do not define you, an insight that can free you from negative thought patterns.
Tune into your body’s physical sensations, from the water hitting your skin in the shower to the way your body rests in your office chair.
In the end "Life is a dance... And when you are mindful, you are witnessing that dance..."
Have an awesome week ;)