Practising Mindfulness

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When to Practise Mindfulness

Everyone can do some form of mindfulness as you do not need any skills, or have any problems. You do not even need to feel stressed to benefit from mindfulness. You do not need to practise mindfulness every day, but because mindfulness is a beneficial practice, you will probably discover that the more you practise, the more you find it beneficial to your life.

It is a matter of finding the right technique for you to use in the situation and time of day you decide you want to practice. You can try the various techniques and see which work for you in different situations, be it:
  • Early in the morning after rising from sleep;
  • Whilst travelling to work or waiting in a queue;
  • During a short break at work;
  • Whilst travelling home from work or waiting in a queue;
  • At home after a day at work;
  • Just before going to sleep; or
  • Any situation that is suitable for you.


Mindfulness Techniques

Mindfulness is available to everyone in each and every moment, and can be practised using many different techniques, including:
  • Mindful Breathing;
  • Mindful Body Scan;
  • Mindful Walking;
  • Mindful Listening;
  • Mindful Observing;
  • Mindful Daily Tasks.


How to do Mindfulness

There is no right or wrong way to do mindfulness. You may think you have messed up when you practise mindfulness because of how busy your mind is. However, getting lost in thought, noticing it, and returning to your chosen mindfulness meditation practice is actually how it is done. If you are doing that then you are doing it right!

Whatever mindfulness techniques you use, here are some general tips on how to be mindful throughout the day:
  • Take Time – You do not need any special equipment, such as a meditation cushion, to practice your mindfulness skills. However, you do need to take some time out to practice it. 
  • Observe The Present Moment – The goal of mindfulness is not to quiet your mind, or even to try and achieve a state of everlasting calm. The goal is simply to: “pay attention to the present moment, without judgement”.
  • Be Kind To Your Thoughts – When you mind wanders off, do not judge yourself for whatever thoughts crop up. Simply recognise when your mind wanders off and gently bring it back to observing the present moment.
  • Let Judgement Go – When you notice judgements arising during your practice, simply make a mental note of them, let them go and return to observing the present moment.
Okay, that is how to practise. Although it is very simple, it is not necessarily easy. As with most things in life, it just takes practise, so keep doing it.

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