What is Mindfulness?
Mindfulness is the act of focusing your attention on whatever is happening in the present moment. It takes an awareness – of your surroundings, your mental state, and your physical state. It is in this active awareness that we will learn to move beyond the worry and anxiety and find stillness.
How to Practice Mindfulness:
Mindfulness and living in the present moment aren’t just something that happens overnight, all of a sudden. It does take practice and conscious effort from you to make improvements. Luckily there are things you can establish to create a more energetic practice.
6 Tips to Help You Improve Your Mindfulness:
- Cultivate Unselfconsciousness: Let go and stop thinking about your performance
- Practice Savoring: Avoid worrying about the future by fully experiencing the present
- Focus on Your Breath: Allow mindfulness to make you more peaceful and smooth your interactions with others
- Find Your Flow: Make the most of your time by losing track of it
- Improve Your Ability to Accept: Move toward what is bothering you rather than denying or running away from it
- Enhance Your Engagement: Work on reducing moments of mindlessness and noticing new things to improve your mindfulness (Dixit, 2008)
(Ackerman, 2020 https://positivepsychology.com/present-moment/)
You can also implement the practice of meditation. This can include guided meditations, walking meditations (spending time out in nature), or quietly sitting and focusing on breathing.
Connecting to your breath is probably one of the easiest ways to bring yourself into the present. The beautiful thing about it is that your breath is always with you. It can be practiced at any time or any place, and even just a few minutes of focused breathwork can ground you and bring you into stillness.
“The path to presence is through our mind, body connection—our path is through our breath. The breath is ALWAYS the here and now, it is the ultimate present moment… Our breath is our constant connection to the here and now, and our presence is rooted in its flow.”Yoga Teacher, Kelle Yokeley, 2014
Many breathing techniques can be practiced. One of which is called square breathing. A simple 4-count breath in, hold for 4 counts, exhale for 4 counts, hold again for 4 counts, and repeat!
How Can The Practice of Mindfulness Improve Your Life?
There are many benefits of mindfulness practice.
The most noticeable of these is the reduction of stress.
It can also lower levels of anxiety and depression.
It improves your ability to think with clarity and approach a situation less reactively.
It also instills a heightened sense of calm.
So let yourself by here now, and live fully in the present.