What is mindfulness?

Getting Started with 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.

While mindfulness is something we all naturally possess, it’s more readily available to us when we practice on a daily basis. It is a habit, and as such takes 20 to 30 days to become established as a normal behaviour.

Most of us have bought into the idea that we can multi task. The truth is few of us can, and it leads to fractured focus and distracted results.

Whenever you bring “awareness” to what you’re directly experiencing via your senses, or to your state of mind via your thoughts and emotions, you’re being mindful. And there’s growing research showing that when you train your brain to be mindful, you’re actually adapting the physical structure of your brain.

The goal of mindfulness is to wake up to the inner workings of our mental, emotional, and physical processes.

What is meditation and how does it fit with mindfulness?

Meditation is exploring and being. It’s not a fixed destination. Your head doesn’t become vacuumed free of thought, utterly undistracted. It’s a special state where each and every moment is. When we meditate, we venture into the workings of our minds: our sensations (air blowing on our skin or a strange smell wafting into the room), our emotions (love this, hate that, crave this, loathe that) and wonderful thoughts (wouldn’t it be weird to see a rabbit playing a drum).

Meditation asks us to suspend judgment and open up our natural curiosity about the workings of the mind, approaching our experience with warmth and kindness, to ourselves and others.

How do I practice mindfulness?

Mindfulness is available to us in every moment, if we choose it – whether through meditation, yoga and body scans, or mindful practice such as taking time to pause and breathe  and notice how we feel when the phone rings instead of rushing to answer it.

My favourite moment of mindfulness is my morning routine of Yoga and Pilates, which helps my body and mind relax and control the affects of arthritis. I remember on a visit to see my mother, I noticed when she was having tea, her energy, face and body changed, it was the best time to talk with her. When she was having tea she moved into a natural mindfulness.

Take 30 days to develop your ‘habit’ for mindfulness, and you will gain peace of mind and a more relaxed day.  

Self-awareness, humility, and empathy are things that are in short supply these days, and that is truly tragic. Mindfulness is not something that is projected outward. Rather, it starts internally and draws people close.

Always Show Up Geoffrey

To know more about Geoffrey – https://thezenway.org/my-why/

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