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Definition mindfulness

Definition mindfulness

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.

Mindfulness is the quality that every human being already posseses, it is not something you can conjure up, you have to learn how to acces it.

Mindfulness is a natural quality we all have in us. We can use it at any moment throughout our day if we take the time for it. Mindfulness might seem simple but it't not necessarily all that easy.

What you need to know before practicing

What you need to know before practicing

  1. Its free: Practicing mindfulness is free, you don't need anything for it.
  2. There is no way to quiet your mind: It is not the goal to quiet your mind, all your're tying to do is paying attention to the present moment without judgement.
  3. your mind will wander: As you practice paying attention to what's going on in your body and mind at the present moment, you'll notice that many thoughts will arise. 
  4. Your judgy brain will try to take over: Judgement is the second part of the puzzle.
  5. It's all about returning your attention back to the breath: Our minds are wired to get carried away in thoughts.

How to practice mindfulness

How to practice mindfulness

  1. Take a seat: Find a place where you can sit quiet and comfortable.
  2. Set a time limit: Set a timer to guide you for how long you will be mindful.
  3. Notice your body: Sit however you want, be sure you can be in that position long.
  4. Feel your breath: Follow the sensation of your breath as it goes in and out.
  5. Notice when your mind has wandered: Your thoughts will leave the sensation of the breath and wander to other places. When you notice this give yourself a moment before returning.
  6. Be kind to your wandering mind: Don't judge yourself or obsess over the content of the thoughts you find yourself lost in.

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