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How to Be More Mindful

This collection will show you how to direct all of your attention and awareness to the present

Mindfulness And Simple Knowing

Mindfulness And Simple Knowing

Mindfulness is the act of being aware of our present experience in real-time.

Normally people start processing inside their minds what they experience, creating perceptions. At its core, mindfulness puts our attention towards the present moment, with kindness, empathy and interest. This continuous act of being in the present moment with interest is called ‘simple knowing’.

One Medicine Many Cures

Mindfulness can be practised to:

  1. Manage pain, anxiety, stress, or mood swings.
  2. Provide the body and mind an oasis of calm in between a hectic lifestyle
  3. Reduce suffering, distress and trauma caused by pain and depression, along with the negative emotions that come with life-threatening diseases.

The Space Inside Us

Mindfulness opens up a space inside our minds that helps us respond to outside situations with ease, instead of just reacting impulsively.

We become aware and are able to detect our default setting, which is our ‘driven-doing mind’, and catch hold of it before any impulsive reaction is acted upon. It also helps us arrest our cycle of negative thoughts.

What mindfulness is

Mindfulness is the basic human ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we’re doing, and not overly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s going on around us.

What meditation is

Meditation is exploring. When we meditate we venture into the workings of our minds: sensations, emotions and thoughts.

Mindfulness meditation asks us to suspend judgment and unleash our natural curiosity about the workings of the mind, approaching our experience with warmth and kindness, to ourselves and others.

“Mindfulness is awareness that arises through paying attention, on purpose, in the present moment, non-judgmentally. And then I sometimes add, in the service of self-understanding and wisdom.”

JON KABAT-ZINN

Understanding mindfulness

Understanding mindfulness

One of the reasons mindfulness seems hard is the fact that you don't understand it. Mindfulness doesn't mean perfect focus and happiness at all times.

Mindfulness is about choosing to focus your attention on the present moment, about noticing when your mind wanders and bringing it back to what’s right in front of you.

Be curious

Be curious

If you want to get better at practicing mindfulness, don't forget to be curious.

Sometimes the details of daily life aren’t all that enjoyable. Traffic is boring, and your colleague at work is annoying. But what if we stop wishing reality was different and got curious about it? We might not miss our freeway exit. And we’d learn that our coworker is going through a messy divorce. Life would feel a little bit easier.

Don't set unrealistic expectations

Don't set unrealistic expectations

If you're struggling with mindfulness, maybe you’re making it bigger than it needs to be.

You can notice a wandering mind in the shower or while you’re drinking your coffee. You can take a deep breath before you hit send or snap at your spouse. And you can remember that no matter how spacey, forgetful, impulsive, or reactive you’ve been, you can always begin again.

Mindfulness Meditation

Mindfulness Meditation

It combines concentration with awareness.

  • Pay attention to your thoughts as they pass through your mind.
  • Don’t judge the thoughts or become involved with them.
  • Simply observe and take note of any patterns.
  • Focus on an object (or your breath) while you observe any sensations, thoughts, or feelings.

This type of meditation can be easily practiced alone.

Spiritual Meditation

Spiritual Meditation

Similar to prayer in that you reflect on the quietness and seek a deeper connection with your higher power.

Essential oils are commonly used to heighten the experience. Popular options include:

  • frankincense
  • myrrh
  • sage
  • cedar
  • sandalwood
  • palo santo

This type can be practiced at home or in a place of worship. It’s beneficial for those who thrive in silence and seek spiritual growth.

Focused Meditation

Focused Meditation

It involves concentration using any of the five senses.

  • Focus on something internal, like your breath.
  • Bring in external influences to help focus your attention.
  • Try counting mala beads, listening to a gong, or staring at a candle flame.
  • If your mind wanders, it’s important to come back and refocus.

This practice is ideal for anyone who requires additional focus in their life.

Why People Meditate

People meditate, not out of obligation or a hope that it will be helpful. They meditate because it creates very visible, very real positive changes in their lives.

The Benefits of Meditation

Start Small

Focus only on meditating 2-5 minutes each day, then after seven days, add 2-5 more minutes. 

It’s not the length of time that matters, it’s merely the consistency and commitment to doing it every day that counts.

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