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Be mindful

on June 3, 2014

Being mindful is a new way for me to relax and be present in the moment. It’s new for me, but it’s not in any way a new concept.

What does it mean to be mindful? According to bemindful.co.uk, “Mindfulness is a mind-body approach to well-being that can help you change the way you think about experiences and reduce stress and anxiety.” Beliefnet.com describes mindfulness as “the quality of fullness of attention, immediacy, non-distraction. In that sense, it is the key to life.”

More benefits:

“Mindfulness is a way of paying attention to the present moment, using techniques like meditation, breathing and yoga. It helps us become more aware of our thoughts and feelings so that instead of being overwhelmed by them, we’re better able to manage them.

Practicing mindfulness can give people more insight into their emotions, boost their attention and concentration and improve relationships. It’s proven to help with stress, anxiety, depression and addictive behaviors, and can even have a positive effect on physical problems like hypertension, heart disease and chronic pain.” (bemindful.co.uk)

“Mindfulness isn’t a luxury, it’s a practice that trains your brain to be more efficient and better integrated, with less distractibility and improved focus. It minimizes stress and even helps you become your best self.” (waystobemindful)

What are some techniques?

Firstly, note body sensations. “By observing the sensations in the body and staying with them, you connect with the moment, with the direct experience.”

Another technique is being mindful of your breathing. “Watching the breath is a good way of training the mind to be in the moment.”

In addition, try making a mental label of your sensations. “If you feel sleepy, you might say to yourself, “sleepy.” If you have a thought, you say “thinking.” ”
(Beliefnet.com)

How do you incorporate these into your daily life?

1. Practice during routine activities, such as at breakfast, in the shower, or when you are brushing your teeth.
2. “Practice right when you get up”, or while you wait in any point of your day.
3. “Let your mind wander”.
4. Keep it short, “being mindful several times a day” versus one “lengthy session”.
5. “Pick a prompt to remind you to be mindful. Choose a cue that you encounter on a regular basis to shift your brain into mindful mode.”
6. “Learn to meditate.”
(waystobemindful)

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