What is Mindfulness?
People have many definitions of the term mindfulness but it can be put simply as the gentle effort of paying attention in a particular way.
It is focused on the present moment (instead of getting lost in planning for the future or rehashing the past) & it is non-judgemental. Practicing non-judgemental awareness involves paying attention to our thoughts and feelings without getting caught up in ideas about a “right” or “wrong” way to think or feel in a given moment.
When we allow ourselves to let go of having to listen to our mind’s opinions and relieve ourselves of having to constantly prepare for the future, then some amazing growth can happen.
Like Exercise for the Mind
Most people walk around believing their thoughts. They’ve never had the experience of being able to notice their thoughts without having to obey or listen to them. When people learn skills to train their mind to pay attention in a particular way they start to experience their thoughts & stress differently.
We brush our teeth, wash our hair & exercise our bodies but most people never work on training their minds to work better for them. Instead they let their busy minds lead them around on autopilot and wonder how their lives got so stressful. Practicing mindfulness can change this.
Not a Religious Practice
You are most than welcome to bring your own spirituality to the practice but none will be imposed on you.
My Personal Experience
The main reason I offer guidance on learning mindfulness meditation is because I have firsthand experience of getting enormous benefit in my own life. I have also seen a number of clients I have worked with find it to be a very beneficial tool in their lives. It is something I love sharing with other people.
Popular Resources for More Info:
- An animated mouse explains mindfulness meditation in 2 minutes.
- How to Make Your Mind Happy, According to Neuroscience from Time Magazine
- Book – 10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works
- How to Meditate from the New York Times
- How Meditation Went Mainstream from Time Magazine
“In today’s rush, we all think too much — seek too much — want too much — and forget about the joy of just being.”Eckhart Tolle