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What is Mindfulness?

April 2, 2023

Often, we’re encouraged to be mindful in our everyday lives, on and off the yoga mat, but what does it actually mean and how can we practice mindfulness?

Mindfulness is a mindset or attitude towards life that can help you live more fully in the present moment. It involves paying attention to your thoughts, feelings, and sensations with curiosity and openness, without judging them. You can also mindfully observe your surroundings and interactions with other people without reacting and without judgement.

Why is mindfulness beneficial?

Mindfulness can help us be less reactive and enjoy the present moment. This can aid in reducing stress, improving mood, and enhancing your focus. When we are less stressed and more focused on the task at hand, we are better equipped to cope with challenges and difficult situations. Mindfulness can also help us cultivate positive qualities such as compassion, gratitude, and kindness – both in ourselves and in people around us.

How can you practice mindfulness?

There are many ways to practice mindfulness. Some people find it helpful to start with “more controlled activities such as yoga, breathing exercises, or meditation. However, simply noticing and fully paying attention to the details of your everyday life and activities is mindfulness. You can practice mindfulness anytime and anywhere; go for a walk and let yourself feel every step, hear the nature around you, and notice the rhythm of your breath as you move your body. Or you could mindfully brush your teeth by paying attention to every sensation in your mouth, every movement of your hand, and how this everyday life activity makes you feel.

What are some tips for beginners?

  • Start small. You don’t need to practice for hours at a time. Even a few minutes of mindfulness can make a difference.
  • Be patient. Mindfulness is a skill that takes time and practice to develop. Don’t expect to be perfect or to achieve a certain state of mind. Just observe what is happening in the present moment with curiosity and openness.
  • Be gentle. Don’t judge yourself or your experience. If you get distracted or feel frustrated, just gently bring your attention back to the present moment.
  • Be consistent. Try to practice mindfulness regularly, even if it’s just for a few minutes a day. The more you practice, the more benefits you will experience.

Remember, mindfulness is not a destination, but a journey of discovery and exploration. If you’d like more tips for a mindful day, comment below or send us a message!

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