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What is it and why should we practice it?

6th August 2020

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The covid19 pandemic has left us all in unfamiliar territory and adjusting to a different way of living. People keep mentioning the benefits and importance of mindfulness. But what is it and how can it help us all?

What is Mindfulness?

Here's the Mindful definition of Mindfulness.

Mindfulness is the basic human ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we’re doing, and not overly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s going on around us.

 

Mindfulness is nothing special and nothing new. We already have the capacity to be present, and it doesn’t require us to change who we are. But we can cultivate these innate qualities with simple practices that are scientifically demonstrated to benefit ourselves, our loved ones and everyone we interact with in all walks of life. We don’t need to change who we are or become something we’re not. Mindfulness recognizes and cultivates the best of who we are as human beings. And the best thing is that anyone can do it and benefit and it is easy to learn.

Anyone can do it. Mindfulness practice cultivates universal human qualities and does not require anyone to change their beliefs. Everyone can benefit and it’s easy to learn. It brings awareness and caring into everything we do—and it cuts down needless stress. Even a little has the potential to make our lives better.

Types of Mindfulness Practice

While mindfulness is innate, it can be cultivated through proven techniques. Here are some examples:

  1. Seatedwalking, standing and moving meditation (you can do it lying down,  but often this leads to sleep);
  2. Short pauses we insert into everyday life;
  3. Merging meditation practice with other activities, such as yoga or sports.

 

 

The Benefits of Mindfulness Practice:

When we meditate it doesn’t help to fixate on the benefits, but rather to just do the practice, and yet there are benefits or no one would do it.

When we’re mindful, we reduce stress, enhance performance, gain insight and awareness through observing our own mind, and increase our attention to the wellbeing of others.

Mindfulness meditation gives us a time in our lives when we can suspend judgment and unleash our natural curiosity about the workings of the mind, approaching our experience with warmth and kindness—to ourselves and others.

 

Maybe there is something in this and we should all give it a try, if you are not already.

Here is a link to A 5-Minute Breathing Meditation To Cultivate Mindfulness to get us all started.

 

https://www.mindful.org/a-five-minute-breathing-meditation/



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