Mindfulness is the ability to be aware and present where we are and of what we are currently doing. Being mindful allows us the luxury of not being overwhelmed and reactive to what is going on around us. It helps us stay focused on what we are experiencing in the moment.
Mindfulness is one of those things where practice makes perfect, so being intentional and deliberate in your mindfulness routine will create a better headspace when you are experiencing it and it will also help you get into that space when you need to be experiencing it.
There are 3 aspects of mindfulness:
Intention—what you should get from practicing your mindfulness routine
Attention—paying attention to all of your experiences, both inner and outer.
Attitude—noticing your attitudes can increase your mindfulness, especially those referring to non-judgmental spaces such as curiosity, acceptance & kindness.
When you are practicing mindfulness try to be in a space where you can experience anything you want without judgement. This will help you continue to learn what you need in this life.
How to have a mindfulness routine:
Schedule it—set aside the same time every day to practice being mindful. All you need is some time and a quiet place.
Notice what is going on in the present moment. You are not trying to quiet the mind or calm yourself. The aim of this is to pay attention to the present moment without judgement. This is where you can implement curiosity, acceptance and kindness.
If you do encounter any judgments, try to let them roll by. All you need to do is mentally take note of them and then let them go.
Keep bringing yourself back to the present moment. When you find that your mind is wondering in thought, just gently guide it back to observing what is going on around you. You will likely need to do this several times in the beginning, you will find it gets easier over time.
Don’t be judgmental. There is no need to beat yourself up if your mind does wander. Just recognize those thoughts and get in a practice of bringing yourself back to the moment.
Remember to always be gentle with yourself! You are precious and there is no reason to treat yourself any differently.
That’s how to create a mindfulness routine. It may seem simple, but it is not always easy and definitely takes practice.
What can being mindful do for you?
There are many benefits both physical and mental. I am just going to explain a couple to get you started. We will go into more detail about these in the upcoming weeks.
It can lower your overall stress level because you no longer feel the need to react to everything that is said or happening around you. Does it truly concern you? Is the person just venting and they don’t really mean what they said? Once you can start to evaluate these things in the present moment, you will start to have less stress and conflict. Is it really worth your time and energy to react to everyone and everything?
Being mindful gives you a stronger immune system. As we know stress wears down on our bodies and can cause illnesses, so if we have less stress we have less chance of getting ill. Also, being mindful helps us get out of our heads which in turn causes less conflict in our bodies, which keeps our health boosted.
This is just a brief intro to Mindfulness! It is such a great topic and I have so much more to tell you.
Join me next week when we talk about “2 Solid Reason to Practice Mindfulness” . There is an amazing and helpful exercise that goes along with next week’s blog post!
Remember, if you have any questions or get confused on any aspect, please get in touch with me and let’s work through it.
Blessings & Love,