Mindfulness is a hot topic these days. While it may sound like a new age, hippie term, there’s real evidence that mindfulness can enhance all aspects of your life. Mindfulness is both a practice and a state of mind. When you’re practicing mindfulness, you’re fully engaged in whatever’s going on around you. Which is so important, with all the technology today taking us away from real life.
You can think of mindfulness as being fully in the moment. But that’s not always easy. It means actively listening and not zoning out when someone is talking to you, and using all your senses when doing every day activities like washing the dishes or walking to work.
So what’s the point? Increased mindfulness could help you become more focused, more creative, happier, healthier, more relaxed, and in control. It can also help you more fully appreciate each precious current moment. Mindfulness training may:
- Improve memory and academic performance.
- Help with weight loss and eating healthier foods.
- Lead to better decision-making.
- Lower stress and help cope with chronic health issues.
- Improve immunity and create positive brain changes.
And offer all the benefits from meditation. Better focus, more creativity, less anxiety and depression, and more compassion to name a few. Link >>> Meditation Made Easy. While mindfulness and meditation are closely related, they are separate practices.
How can you be more mindful?
Eliminating distractions and taking one task at a time can help you focus more (just say no to multitasking). Mindfulness requires you to be more aware even in the busiest and most stressful situations and that’s when it’s most useful.
A simple way to get started is to set up triggers or cues to pull you back into the present when your mind inevitably starts to wander throughout that day. For example, while eating, remember to savor each bite every time you put your fork down. << My health coaching packages focus on this mentality. >> Pausing before you respond in conversations can also help you become more mindful in your relationships. More simple practices include practicing appreciation and letting go of control.
While practicing mindfulness is very beneficial, there are times when it’s better to let your mind wander. There’s no need to practice mindfulness all day, every day. Instead try applying it throughout your day. One strategy might be to pick a part of your everyday routine and use it for mindfulness training. The skill of mindfulness brings us back to balance. Find the balanced times between turning on awareness and letting your mind wander the universe.
Here are a few links that further explore mindfulness: