What is Mindfulness?

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Mindfulness Is A Different Approach

Coping with stresses and challenges, is part of our lives. With mindfulness, you discover a different way of handling them, and how you can enjoy life more. Mindfulness, means paying attention, to your thoughts, feelings, body sensations, and your environment.

With mindfulness, you gently bring awareness to your experience in each moment. By being present in this way, not forcing things, or hiding from them, but actually being with them, you create space, for new ways of responding. You may not always, have full control over your life, but you can work with your mind and body, learning how to live, with more appreciation, and less anxiety.

Mindfulness practices are not new, they have been around for thousands of years. However, recent scientific research shows, how useful they are for reducing stress, anxiety and depression, helping people manage a wide range of physical conditions, and for our general well-being.

Mindfulness does not contain any religious material. You do not need to accept anything except what you experience for yourself during mindfulness.


Mindfulness Definition

Mindfulness is your ability to be fully present in the moment, being aware of where you are and what you are doing, not being judgemental, too reactive or overcome by what is going on about you. You are being mindful whenever you bring your awareness to:

  • What you are directly experiencing through your senses, or
  • Your state of mind through your thoughts and emotions.

Mindfulness helps you pause between yourself and your reactions. It helps you break down your habitual responses.

So, mindfulness is a mental state achieved by focusing your awareness on the present moment, such as focusing completely on a specific task or activity, while calmly acknowledging and accepting your feelings, thoughts, and body sensations.

An example task might be: drinking a hot cup of tea; taking in its aroma; feeling its warmth; tasting its flavour; and when your mind drifts away into all sorts of thoughts and emotions, gently returning to the task of drinking the cup of tea.

Mindfulness can therefore be applied to many different daily tasks or activities in many different daily circumstances.


What Mindfulness is not!

There are some common myths about mindfulness that are simply  not correct:

  • Mindfulness is not about “fixing” you;
  • Mindfulness is not about stopping your thoughts;
  • Mindfulness does not belong to a religion;
  • Mindfulness is not an escape from reality;
  • Mindfulness is not a panacea.
Once you start to practise mindfulness, you may discover that the experience is rather different to your expectation. You will most likely be pleasantly surprised.

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