(picture is from Flow Mindfulness)
Have you been following the new craze of Mindfulness Centers and Meditation?
I had no idea how popular it was until I started my course and started buying books on it.
Mindfulness is paying attention in a particular way, on purpose, in the present moment and without judgment (Jon Kabat Zinn)
Not only are high powered execs and yogi’s taking time out of their day to be mindful, but schools are incorporating it into their curriculum. People are craving a way to reduce stress and live more purposeful lives.
Why is it important? How many of us feel overwhelmed and constantly focused on the next thing or what needs to get done for tomorrow? Do you feel like you are just trying to get through your week so you can relax on the weekends? If you take some time during your day to be mindful, you will see things differently and in a more positive light and look at each moment as a gift rather than a burden. It helps reduce stress and anxiety and helps with impulse control. It also helps with focus because you learn to sustain your attention for periods of time on simple acts like breathing, counting steps etc.
The first thing I can recommend is to start a gratefulness journal. While you are writing what you are grateful for, focus on what you are writing and don’t let your mind wander about what you are needing at the store etc. If your mind does wander, just tell it to come back and focus on what you are doing. It takes practice but in time you will get better at recognizing your distractions.
I posted about it here:
Second practice is breathing. Take 5 minutes out of your day three times a day to sit and breathe. Counting your breaths will help you focus on that task. If a thought comes in, which it will, just acknowledge it and get back to counting breaths. It is almost impossible to sit without your mind working and thoughts creeping in. For mindfulness to be successful, you simply acknowledge without judgment. The more you do this, the more you will use this daily when presented with something to judge. You will be able to process things in a more positive way.
I hope this inspires you to try some mindfulness practice. Please email me if you have any questions.
Mindfulness and the Holidays are coming soon!