What is Mindfulness?
ˈmīn(d)f(ə)lnəs/ -- noun
a mental state achieved by focusing one's awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one's feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations, used as a therapeutic technique.
Main characteristics of Mindfulness:
Intention - create set and work towards personal mission, vision, values
Attention - focus on the present, one thing at a time
Perspective - maintain an open, non judgemental, non reactive mindset
All these characteristics are encompassed in acceptance. Meaning that we pay attention to our thoughts and feelings without judging them. Without believing, there’s a “right” or “wrong” way to think or feel in a given moment. Practicing mindfulness allows our thoughts to tune into what we’re sensing in the present moment and dealing with that -- rather than rehashing the past or imagining the future.
Why is mindfulness hard to practice?
Taking time to actively make space for "doing nothing" is not easy for anyone. It is especially tough for active, achieving people to just sit quietly and “do nothing”, to engage in practice and behaviors that do not produce tangible results.
The basic nature of the mind is to dwell in the past or to worry about the future. Our uneasiness about what’s to come is actually our strategy to prepare for the future – our mind’s ingenious way of ensuring that we’re equipped to survive. Without such readiness, the mind can’t prepare the body to thrive and survive.
So how does this future-oriented mind know exactly what to prepare for the seemingly unknown?
The mind relies on one thing to predict the future: the past.
We use mental shortcuts including patterns, previous experiences and the link to allow the past to shape the future. However, just like with most things, there needs to be balance. Spending too much time in the future, distracts you from the here and now. That’s where mindfulness comes in. Incorporating mindfulness in your daily practices retrains your brain to work better for you.
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“Mindfulness is the aware, balanced acceptance of the present experience. It isn’t more complicated than that. It is opening to or receiving the present moment, pleasant or unpleasant, just as it is, without either clinging to it or rejecting it.”
– Sylvia Boorstein
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