Let's talk about mindfulness.
Have you ever heard of mindfulness?
Its a field of study and also a method of concentration that centered around in-the-moment and present awareness. Awareness of your body, of your surroundings, and even in your mind. The idea of mindfulness comes from Eastern cultures spread throughout Asia. Mindfulness is the ability to be presently aware with no focus on what you did or what you have to do.
It's not quite the same as meditating but very similar. You don't have to be in a quiet space to be mindful you just have to be present It's so beneficial because if you're a busy body like me, your mind can be constantly working at 100mph which can actually result in worry, stress, anxiety, and issues with concentration.
So what do you need to do to practice mindfulness?
For one, if you are standing or sitting, you can take a really deep breathe in for 10 seconds and release it slowly over 10 seconds. Secondly, let your eyes wonder until you become fixated on a point. When you do just stay fixed on it. Do this for about a minute.
If you are in a place where you feel comfortable closing your eyes, take another 10 second breathe and listen/connect to what going on in your body. Your pulse, your breathing, etc.
If you're just out and about, take a few deep breaths and focus on your body, focus on the moment. Say to yourself quietly, I am present.
Mindfulness is such a great practice because we are so used to living in the past or the future but rarely in the present. Additionally, we are constantly judging and labeling every emotion, experience, thought and circumstance within and around us. It causes to be prisoners of our own minds.
Mindfulness allows you to connect to the moment with a sense of freedom and peace. In that conversation or interaction in which someone said something triggering being present will allow you to regulate your emotions and response based on your awareness of the changes in your body.
Mindfulness serves a purpose of grounding one's mind and spirit. The world can be chaotic. Your mind can be chaotic. But mindfulness creates the stillness and gratitude you deserve to operate on a high frequency.
Make an effort to practice it today. Being still, quieting your mind, and noticing whats going on in and around you.
By: Tiffany W.