Mindfulness Will Change your Life for the Better
So what exactly do I mean by ‘mindfulness?’
Well, for me, it is about the day to day action because mindfulness requires a commitment to regular practise. Mindfulness centres around being present, in this moment, right now. A great way to snap yourself back into the now, is by focusing on your breathing… in and out….
There are so many benefits, including; better sleep, general feeling of wellbeing, a greater connection with your body, an improved relationship with pain, reduced levels of stress and anxiety, improved personal relationships, improved memory and cognitive ability, increased productivity and increased creativity. So really, theres nothing to loose but a LOT to gain by becoming a more mindful person.
Tara Branch, Psychologist and Proponent of Buddhist Meditation wrote a book called Radical Acceptance. She talks about “The Sacred Pause,” a “suspension of activity, a time of temporary disengagement when we are no longer moving toward any goal.” This pauses makes us “wholeheartedly present, attentive and physically still.”
You can develop mindfulness during your simple day to day activities such as brushing your teeth, walking your dog or driving to work. Focus on what it is you are doing, how you feel right now, is your breathing slow or fast? Are you a bit hungry? How do you feel?
By concentrating on your surroundings in this moment you are less likely to get caught up in your thoughts. Perhaps theres a slight breeze giving you goosebumps or the sun has you slightly warm. To keep mindfulness positive try and notice these things without labels such as good and bad. They are merely happenings occurring right now to you in this moment.