What is Mindfulness?
We’ve all heard about mindfulness, it seems to be everywhere. But do you really know what mindfulness is?
In this busy world, we live in, it’s too easy to lose ourselves in autopilot for much of the day. It happens mostly with things you do on a daily basis, like driving to work. When we find ourselves in autopilot we tend to get lost in ‘doing’ so we find ourselves constantly striving and struggling instead of really living.
Mindfulness is a way to snap us back to where we are and what we’re doing. In other words it involves the conscious and deliberate direction of our attention.
“The awareness that arises from paying attention, on purpose, in the present moment and non-judgmentally” (Kabat-Zinn, in Purser, 2015)
If by now you’re thinking ‘this is not for me’ you’re wrong, mindfulness is the basic human ability to be present. You just have to learn how to access it.
Doing this will not only help you to concentrate, but it also reduces stress, enhance performance, and you can get to know you and your environment better.
By know you must be asking yourself how to practice mindfulness, well is really simple.
1. Take seat: Find a comfortable position in a quiet space.
2. Set a time limit: If you’re a beginner start with 5 or 10 minutes.
3. Notice your body: Now is where everything really begins. You’re aware of your body, the position you find yourself, and start to feel every breath, as it goes in and as it goes out.
4. Notice your mind: Inevitably your mind will wander, your attention will leave your body, when that happens just realize it and come back.
5. Be kind towards your mind: Don’t judge yourself or stress by your thoughts you find yourself lost in. Again just come back.
And that’s it! With a little practice every day you’ll start to realice more things around you and remind yourself to are present.