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Mindfulness-Part 1

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Your body needs to sleep in order to rejuvenate. Your brain is the same way.  Mindfulness is a thing you can do to intentionally give your brain a chance to rejuvenate.  We are constantly thinking about something – problem-solving, planning, worrying, or daydreaming. It is exhausting.  Mindfulness clears the blackboard and allows you to reset and refresh.

Mindfulness can be enhanced through meditation, but it is not necessary to meditate to be mindful.  Mindfulness refers to being “in the moment”.  That is, paying attention to the details in your environment as they are occurring.  An old adage would say ‘take time to stop and smell the roses’, also known as mindfulness!  If you want to try it right now, take notice of your environment:  how does it appear, what are the noises around you, what are the smells, and what is the feeling these observations are generating in you?

Psychology Today tells us that mindfulness is a stand-alone practice and by paying attention to what is happening in the present, we can experience relief from stressful and habitual thought patterns.  If you consider that a minute is made up of seconds, and hours are made up of minutes, then you can understand how every experience you have – eating, breathing, seeing, and so forth – is a cumulation of smaller nuances within that experience.  And, by paying attention to the smaller nuances we can gain a deeper sense of the experience and this clears our mind of cluttering thoughts.

Harvard Health says that practicing mindfulness daily can help to improve our memory and concentration skills, and help us to feel less distracted, and also help us to better manage crises.  Other research says mindfulness can help people deal with chronic pain.

While the first element of mindfulness is becoming aware of your experiences, the second element of mindfulness if accepting things as they are.  As you take in your environment and reflect about it, you must also accept that these things are what they are – not good or bad, right or wrong, but simply existing.

 

You Don’t Need to Be Meditating to Practice Mindfulness | Psychology Today

Evoking calm: Practicing mindfulness in daily life helps – Harvard Health

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