What Is Mindfulness and How to Practice?

Posted by on May 7, 2015 in Blog

What Is Mindfulness and How to Practice?

What is Mindfulness?

Mindfulness consists of cultivating awareness of the mind and body and living in the here and now.
Mindful Living is a state of active, open attention to the present. It is an awareness that life is available only in the present moment, and that it is possible to live happily in the here-and-now. When you’re mindful, you observe your thoughts and feelings from a distance without judging them as good or bad. By practicing mindful living you will not lose yourself in dispersion, regrets about the past, worries about the future, anger, or jealousy in the present moment. Instead of letting your life pass you by, learning to be mindful will open your heart and help you embrace your difficult challenges.

How to practice mindfulness?

1. Choose a place with few distractions where you can find some quiet time.
2. Find a good posture that you can stay in for a while. You may sit in a chair with your feet on the floor or cross-legged in a lotus posture. Relax your shoulders; close your eyes or gaze downward 5-10 feet in front of you.
3. If you’re just beginning this practice, it can help to choose a short time, such as five or ten minutes. Eventually, you can build up to 45 minutes or an hour, using a timer.
4. Start by becoming aware of your breath, as you breathe in and as you breathe out. Inevitably, your thoughts will wander away to other places. When you notice that—bring your attention back to your breathing without judgment. Pay attention to the breath, and when your attention wanders, return. Don’t judge yourself or obsess over the content of the thoughts. Bring your awareness to your breath again and again.

It’s been said that it’s very simple, but it’s not necessarily easy. The work is just to keep doing it. The key is to be aware, non-judgmental and compassionate to what is happening by embracing the moment.

Benefits of Mindfulness:

• Decrease in stress and stress related illness – improves the quality of life and sense of well-being.
• Increase in focus and awareness – increase productivity, creativity, and concentration.
• Increase in compassion for self and others – improves relationships.
• Shift in perception – better decision-making, more positive outlook.
• More accepting attitude toward life and its challenges – overall improved effectiveness and happiness.
• Improvement in ability to cope more effectively with stress in daily life––healthier work environment for all.

Appreciate yourself for having spent this time nourishing yourself in a deep way by being in this state of non-doing. Allow the benefits of this practice to expand into every aspect of your life.

And don’t give up! Progress doesn’t always come quickly.

Mindfulness takes time to work for you, but the good news is that the longer you practice, the easier it gets and more joyful you become, which is the stepping stone for Creating A Life That You Love, Mindfully.

Benaz
Mentor for Conscious Living/Meditation
and Mindfulness Coach