The word mindfulness seems to have been normalized. It's often expressed by persons from all walks of life. But what does this zen-like term mean? There's no mystery to it. Mindfulness simply means attuning yourself to the present moment; paying attention to what's happening now, what are you experiencing via your senses, seeing, hearing, feeling, smells, and tastes.
Mindfulness is a proven method and now practiced by many to bring about inner-calmness. It's an opportunity to re-balance your mind and body. Constant practice of mindfulness has been known to lower, stress and its ill-related side-effects, increase concentration and bring a sense of inner calmness.
Benefits of adopting mindfulness practice. Please read the following in the first person.
1. If I take action with mindfulness, I can change my personal outcome. I can become a tapestry of my ideal self full of possibilities.
2.When I am mindful, I can transform disorder to order, order to disorder, back and forth until I feel balanced.
3.Many of you are so busy, overwhelmed with children, working, cleaning, sanitizing, cooking, zoom webinars, elder care, partners, etc. We've forgotten to put ourselves first. To give ourselves that much needed self-care time. We all want to achieve that sense of well being emotionally and physically.
We all want to remember to be grateful in the now - 100% present now and be aware of our resilience in these unique changing times full of uncertainties.
4.When I am mindful, I can track my progress. I can record my thoughts and ideas that flow through my head now.
5.What else can I do? I can observe, learn, and listen. I can be a symphony by noticing what I see, hear, touch, and smell.
6.The more I have reached that conscious, mindful state, the harder it is to become unbalanced. The calmer I am, the more I can attract others, the more soothing is my presence.
7.The more consciously mindful I can be, the more I can accept stillness at its natural state.
Can mindfulness be taught?
- Think and live in the present moment. Focusing on someone’s eyes can be your first step in being mindful and present. That means being 100 % right now in the present moment.
2. Ground yourself: Find a seat, preferably your favorite. Place your feet flat on the floor and make sure your head is supported by the back of the chair.
3. Close your eyes and feel the bottom of the chair.
4. Notice your back being supported by the back of the chair.
5. Place your hands on your belly button.
6. Increase your focus by bringing your attention to your breath and the rise and fall of your abdomen. With each inhalation draw air deep into your abdomen. Keep noticing the rise and fall of your belly as you breathe. Continuous thoughts will pop up in your head such as constant noise, activities, what you forgot to do, incomplete chores, homework not finished, resentments hurt, anger, etc. Let these distractions flow out into the universe and then return to breathing into your abdomen.
7. Focus, focus, focus. Practice, practice, practice.
If you are struggling with hurt feelings, resentment from your past, losing self esteem, you are likely to behave in a self destructive way. If in the past you came from an abusive, demeaning, dysfunctional upbringing, mindfulness can be difficult and would require your willingness to practice focusing in the now for long periods of time.
You can take a few minutes out of a busy day to engage the mindfulness practice and experience some of its immediate benefits. You can also make it into a game with friends, children, or a family practice.
Mindfulness can be difficult at first for some. Nevertheless, it requires practice for it to become a habitual way of thinking and doing. Eckert Tolle says “living in the now, is an ideal to be achieved with hard work and lots of practice”.