What is Mindfulness?

What is Mindfulness?

Most of us are running through life on auto-pilot. We aren’t aware of how we are feeling and or experiencing life in the present moment.  Illness, anxiety and depression are at an all time high and more and more young people are developing behavioural issues. Let us take you on a journey through Mindfulness and show you how this practice can improve your family’s wellbeing.

Mindfulness can be described as

“paying more attention to the present moment – to your own thoughts and feelings, and to the world around you in a non-judgmental and compassionate way”

Mindfulness is awareness. Mindfulness can help us enjoy life more and understand ourselves better. Mindfulness pays particular attention to your breathing, your physical reactions, your emotions and your thoughts.

Exploring mindfulness?

“Mindfulness means knowing what is going on inside and outside ourselves, moment by moment”

I often like to explain Mindfulness as creating a practice where we are able to move from being stuck in the head to being relaxed in the body. When we are stuck in the head we lose focus of our own needs, our emotions, our feelings and our physical body. We are stuck with our thoughts and our thoughts are often not very kind, non-judgmental or compassionate.

Through Mindfulness practice we are looking to reconnect with our bodies and the sensations that we experience. This means paying attention to the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of the present moment. We want to become aware of our thoughts and feelings as they happen moment to moment.

Take a moment now to feel how it feels to be sitting where you are. Are you comfortable? Is the chair hard beneath you? Do you have any pain in your body? What does the chair feel like? Is the material smooth? What is the pattern like? Have you ever taken a moment to see how you feel sitting there?

Exploring mindfulness?

“Mindfulness means knowing what is going on inside and outside ourselves, moment by moment”

I often like to explain Mindfulness as creating a practice where we are able to move from being stuck in the head to being relaxed in the body. When we are stuck in the head we lose focus of our own needs, our emotions, our feelings and our physical body. We are stuck with our thoughts and our thoughts are often not very kind, non-judgmental or compassionate.

Through Mindfulness practice we are looking to reconnect with our bodies and the sensations that we experience. This means paying attention to the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of the present moment. We want to become aware of our thoughts and feelings as they happen moment to moment.

Take a moment now to feel how it feels to be sitting where you are. Are you comfortable? Is the chair hard beneath you? Do you have any pain in your body? What does the chair feel like? Is the material smooth? What is the pattern like? Have you ever taken a moment to see how you feel sitting there?

Mindfulness for positive mental health?

Positive mental health starts with being thankful for what you already have!
When we become more aware of the present moment we are more able to notice the flow of thoughts that are constantly entering our minds.
We want to be able to take a breath, notice and look at our thoughts as mental events and not facts.

We will all experience times in our lives when we feel more down than usual or become anxious. Mindfulness helps us to become aware of when our feelings and emotions are changing and to take action to manage our reactions to these changes.

Mindfulness is recommended by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) as a way to prevent depression in people who have had three or more bouts of depression in the past.

What is the best way to learn about Mindfulness?

So I could talk and talk about what Mindfulness is but to be honest the only way that you can genuinely experience it is to be practicing everyday. Becoming Mindful takes dedication and the desire to want to create a time and space for you to explore.

There are different steps to take to deepen your experience and these become clearer when you are working with others, guiding and exploring.

“One of the most powerful exercises that you can do when you are developing your own practice is to learn to enquire about everything”

Enquiry is to check out what you are experiencing and really look deeper into that experience.

We will cover much more about this in future FREE lessons!

 

Author: Confident Hearts

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