“Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way; on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally.” – Jon Kabat-Zinn
I think of mindfulness as being in the moment, being aware of what I’m doing and what I’m thinking. It’s so easy to slip into autopilot mode and eat, work, sleep, repeat, day in, day out and what do you know, you can’t remember what you had for dinner last night. I don’t want life to pass me by.
“It’s the not the Destination, It’s the journey.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson
How hard can it be?
Well, it is hard to be fully in the moment. We live in a hectic world where everyone is busy and we want everything to be instant. We all have busy minds and our mind spends a lot of the time in the past, in the future, worrying, planning and judging.
Rarely are we in the present, accepting things just as they are.
Formal mindfulness is the sitting in meditation part and informal mindfulness is paying attention in everyday life. Apps can guide you but only you can do it.
The good news is mindfulness is an accumulative process and it will get easier with practice. Remember when you learnt to drive a car, with regular practice, it became easier and easier.
A few of the benefits of a regular Mindfulness practice include
- Reduced stress
- Improved concentration
- Increased productivity
- Reduced reactivity
- Increased compassion and acceptance
- Noticing the journey.
Meditation has been, and is, my “go to” during times of enormous stress and serious health issues. It’s not an instant fix but it gives me space between the action and reaction. I feel empowered that I can take control and do this for myself.