Open Your Senses To Mindfulness
In today’s fast-paced world, sometimes we need to remind ourselves to stop and smell the roses. It’s easy to forget to slow down, take a breath and realize what is important. Because life waits for no one, we try to keep up as best as we can. Slipping into the fast lane in order to keep track of everything.
Mindfulness is the practice of purposely focusing ones attention on the present moment. Soaking it in, appreciating it, learning from it and growing. Being mindful requires the ability to accept the present moment without judgment.
Professor Jon Kabat-Zinn, founder and former director of the Stress Reduction Clinic at the University of Massachusetts Medical Centre, helped to bring the practice of mindfulness meditation into mainstream medicine. He demonstrated that practicing mindfulness can bring improvements in both physical and psychological symptoms. It will also bring about positive changes in our health and how our body ages.
Neshika Bell is an advocate of self-worth and the creator of Shine – A Soulful & Practical Guide to Boundless Self-Worth. She explains that in order to practice mindfulness, you need to pay attention to the details of your moment-by-moment experiences, as they arise and subside, with compassion, curiosity and zero judgment.
“It is as simple and as challenging as being able to honor all of who you are, as you are, where you are, in any instant. I think that, too often, we paint over both our joy and our pain with more socially appropriate responses. All this does is dull our vitality. By doing so, we become less resilient, less open to gratitude and less able to celebrate our true nature.”
She says that when you are more mindful, you feel more alive and you show up for your own life. You are no longer distracted by passive wishes for things to be different.
“Through mindfulness, you cultivate a live-in-the-now-for- the-now attitude and you become more skilled at taking compassionate, grounded action to make the changes you want in your life.”
Positive Psychology: Harnessing the Power of Happiness, Personal Strength and Mindfulness, is a report published by Harvard Health Publications. It suggests that living your life with a focus on being more mindful can have many benefits for your mental, physical health and your overall well being.
How Mindfulness improves well being:
- It helps to support many attitudes that contribute to a satisfied life.
- Being more mindful makes it a lot easier to savor the pleasures in life as they occur, which leads to us becoming calmer in difficult situations and helps us learn how to deal with adverse events.
- Mindfulness helps us to focus on the here and now, which many people forget to do on a daily basis. If we are constantly trying to be more mindful, we will learn how not to get caught up in and carried away by irrational worries.
- Being more mindful also benefits in helping people to feel more self-confident.
- By focusing on the here. People who practice mindfulness find that they are less likely to get caught up in worries about the future or regrets over the past, are less preoccupied with concerns about success and self-esteem, and are better able to form deep connections with others.
How Mindfulness improves physical health:
- Being more mindful has been proven to help to relieve symptoms of stress and anxiety.
- Practicing mindfulness also helps to lower blood pressure.
- Being more mindful on a daily basis helps you to relax and assists with improved sleep patterns.
- Reducing stress and anxiety, through simply being more mindful, also goes a long way towards making sure you don’t age prematurely.
Try This Exercise
Right now, as you read this, become aware of your body.
Notice the easy in and out of your breath. Stay with any feelings, thoughts or sensations that are rising or releasing. No numbing. No dismissing. Allow yourself to commune with you.
This is mindfulness.
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