What is Mindfulness?

If you’ve Googled ‘mindfulness’ you might have come across something like this:

Mindfulness is the practice of purposefully paying attention to our thoughts, feelings and bodily sensations, moment by moment, in an accepting and non-judgemental way.

And in a nutshell that’s exactly what it is – but let’s add a bit more context.

If you’ve Googled ‘mindfulness’ you might have come across something like this:

Mindfulness is the practice of purposefully paying attention to our thoughts, feelings and bodily sensations, moment by moment, in an accepting and non-judgemental way.

And in a nutshell that’s exactly what it is – but let’s add a bit more context.

Mind-Full-Ness

Life is busy, it can feel relentless at times. Being able to multi-task used to be something to boast or joke about but now, in a 24/7 world, we are multi-tasking all the time, sometimes without even realising it and most of the time not very well. Think about it for a second. When you make a meal, are you watching TV at the same time, or helping the kids with homework? When you’re on your way to work, are you making calls or planning your day at the same time? When you relax for the evening, are you scanning social media while watching TV, while talking to your other half? In this digital, fast paced world, our senses are constantly being bombarded.

How much are we really aware of or giving our full attention to? Are we really experiencing life in a conscious way or are we going through the motions?

And then there’s the other kind of busy. The busy mind that just won’t stop thinking, chatting, judging, comparing, mulling, ruminating and offering its opinion – and not always in a nice way. It’s easy to get caught in a loop wishing things would be different but those thoughts are just adding to the noise and suffering. Maybe we look for ways to avoid or block out the mind chatter – over work, alcohol, bingeing, scrolling – and then we’re in a vicious cycle.

It’s no wonder we feel frazzled.

MindFulNess

Now more than ever, we’re craving less stress and overwhelm (mind-full-ness), and more peace, calm and clarity (mindfulness).

People often think that mindfulness is a method of clearing the mind of all thoughts. But the mind is supposed to think and we can’t stop the thoughts from coming. What mindfulness helps us to do is be curious about our thoughts, cut through those that don’t help us and therefore create space and clarity for those that do.

Mindfulness as often portrayed as sitting cross legged in a forest, in silence, for hours on end or doing specific activities really slowly and deliberately. It can be those things but there are easier ways, too. Practicing mindfulness can also be as simple as consciously following just one breath in and out. It’s that simple and the beauty is you can do it anytime, anyplace.

Let’s try it now, it’s OK no-one will know. Take a deep breath in and notice how your body expands and where it expands. Now release the breath and notice again what happens in your body.

That is a simple exercise in mindfulness.

One simple act that took a matter of seconds was you being mindful. There’s no need to breath in any particular way or analyse it or wonder if you’re doing it right. There is no right or wrong, good or bad. It’s just you and your breath, in that moment of calm.

You can gift yourself a moment of calm whenever you need it and the more you do it the more normal it becomes, and the calmer you will feel. You’ll gain more clarity, greater concentration, easier decision making, more resilience, confidence, positivity, balance, joy and happiness, not just for you but also for those around you. Doesn’t that sound wonderful?

You have everything you need already and I can help you to unlock it. There are several ways we can work together – you choose whatever works best for you.

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