What is Mindfulness?
'The present moment is the only moment available to us and it is the door to all other moments'.
Thich Nhat Hanh
What Mindfulness really means?
“Mindfulness is a particular way of paying attention on purpose in the present moment and non-judgmentally." (John Kabat-Zinn)
It is not a religion nor a synonym of meditation. Yoga, meditation, conscious breathing, attention exercises, body and senses awareness are all different ways to develop mindfulness skills.
Mindfulness is something that anyone can do, no matter your age, who you are, what your backgrounds looks like, or what your living situation is.
It’s all about maintaining a moment-by-moment awareness of your thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, and surrounding environment. As well as developing a relationship with our inner observer and learning to make new habits that lead to happiness by retraining our brain.
It is the art to be in the present moment. Other than being in past and future. After all, what else is there? One can worry about the past and the future all they want, but they are both not HERE, for NOW is here only now, in this moment.
What Mindfulness is Not:
Not a relaxation exercise
Not having an empty mind
Not a way to avoid difficulty
Not a way to bypass personality problems
Not about achieving a different state of mind
While the aim of mindfulness is to train our conscious awareness to witness what is occurring in the now, the practice can help us enjoy the world around us more and understand the world inside of us and ourselves better.
By practicing mindfulness you will learn to:
Cope with stress, pain, and the challenges of everyday life.
Deal with disturbing events with grace and calmness.
Be fully present and alive in this moment.
Find better emotional balance and feel more alert, stable, clear and peaceful.
Improve compassion and social interactions.
Research indicates that mindfulness training can have a significant therapeutic effect for those experiencing stress, anxiety, high blood pressure, depression, chronic pain, migraines, heart conditions, diabetes and other ailments. In addition, participants typically report feeling more alive, and more "in-tune" with themselves and others.