Mindfulness is the current buzz word, but what does it actually mean?
How many times do you get up for work, make breakfast, shower get dressed, drive to work and have no real recollection of it? Or you are driving down the road and suddenly realized you have reached your destination with really being aware of the time that has past? Are you living life on autopilot?
When was the last time you smiled at a stranger as you pass by in the street? Watched the sun set or stopped and inhaled the sweet smell of Jasmine as you walked to the shops? If you can, with your hand on your heart, say ‘yes’ every day, then you are experiencing ‘Mindfulness’.
Simply by being fully present, aware of your thoughts, emotions and bodily sensations, owning the moments in everyday life has been shown to reduce stress, improve relationships, communication, increase focus and enhance your immune system.
Whilst mindfulness has its roots in the religious teachings of the Eastern world nowadays mindfulness tends to be practiced in two ways.
- Formal practice setting aside time to meditate or follow mindfulness practices such as body scan or mindful eating.
- Being more thoughtful bringing your attention to the present moment. Switching from ‘doing mode’ to being mode’.
Whatever you are doing at this precise moment just become aware of it, feel the clothes against your skin, feel your breath as you breathe in and out… are the in and out breaths different temperatures? What are you thinking? How do you feel? Being fully aware of the moment will make your experience richer and more fulfilling.
Who does not want to enrich their life experience?
Next time…. How mindful are you?