Mindfulness is the ability to be present and aware of where are and what we are doing, and not being overly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s going on around us. Whenever you bring awareness to what you’re experiencing via your senses, thoughts or emotions, you’re being mindful. Some research has even shown that when you practice mindfulness, you’re actually physically restructuring your brain!
Anybody can practice mindfulness. There are absolutely no barriers. It can be done anywhere and anytime.
Mindfulness helps give yourselves distance between ourselves and our reactions. Firstly, set aside some time to practice mindfulness. You don’t need any equipment – all you need is some time and space. Observe the present moment as it is. Some people think that the aim of mindfulness is to quiet the mind or achieve a state of nothingness – this isn’t the case. The goal is to pay attention to the present moment without trying to change it and without judgement. Let any judgements that come to mind, roll by. When they pop up, acknowledge them, then let them pass. Return to observing the present moment as it is. Our minds often get carried away in thought. Be kind to yourself when your mind starts to wander. This is normal. Practice recognising when this is starting to happen and gently bring it back.
Practice this over the next couple of weeks. Notice whether the practice becomes easier. Notice if you’re better able to identify when your mind is wandering and bring it back to the present.
I’d love to hear about your experiencing practicing mindfulness! Please comment below or send me a message. Looking forward to hearing from you!