Mindfulness – how do we go about practising it and what are the benefits when we do?
First of all, mindfulness is the ability to be aware of where you are and what you are doing, specifically to be present in the moment. To remain calm, to not over react or be overwhelmed by what’s going on around you. Mindfulness is a quality that every human being already possesses; you just have to learn how to access it.
‘Feelings come and go like clouds in a windy sky. Conscious breathing is my anchor.’ Thich Nhat Hanh
Benefits of mindfulness
Mindfulness can improve well-being. Being mindful makes it easier to truly enjoy the good things in life, as they happen. It helps you become fully engaged in activities, and allows you to deal with adverse events better.
Mindfulness can improve physical health. It can help relieve stress, treat heart disease, lower blood pressure, reduce chronic pain, , improve sleep, and alleviate gastrointestinal difficulties.
Mindfulness can improve mental health. It can be an important element in the treatment of a number of problems, including depression, substance abuse, eating disorders, couples’ conflicts, anxiety disorders, and obsessive-compulsive disorder.
How to practice mindfulness
- Find a place that is calm and get comfortable, whether sitting, kneeling or lying down. Be aware that you may be in this position for a while;
- How much time do you have? If you are just beginning the practice of mindfulness, a short time will be best;
- Focus on your breathing as it goes in and as it comes out;
- Pay attention to your mind wandering; if this happens, go back to focusing on your breathing;
- Don’t judge or obsess about your runaway thoughts; just come back to your breathing.
‘In this moment,
there is plenty of time.
In this moment,
you are precisely as you should be.
In this moment,
there is infinite possibility’
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