Being more mindful? Is this a new concept, a new trend hitting the market or a fade for the new generation? In all honesty, the practice of being mindful has actually been around for decades but has gained more popularity in most recent years.
Being mindful or studying the art of mindfulness involves being present in the moment and purposely aligning your life to connect by paying attention to your surroundings without being overly consumed by the constant distractions of the world.
According to Webster.com, mindfulness is the state of being conscious or aware of something. The ability of your mental state to achieve awareness while being present in the moment and calmly acknowledging one's feelings, thoughts and sensations during that time frame. In our society, there are so many reactive triggers that cause us to quickly and impulsively react to any stimulant or situation. Living a mindful life may not come naturally to most, as we tend to allow daily distractions to prohibit us from fully connecting with the moment. Such as when our morning commutes are dreadful or when the meeting you've planned was a complete disaster. We allow those events to get the best of us which then can hinder our full activation to presently live in the moment and experience the environment surrounding us.
In this post, we hope to shed light on a few helpful tips that can help you live a more mindful life. You can think of this post as a beginners guide to understanding mindfulness and learning how to observe where you are in a situation and fully activate your senses to live in any particular moment.
Since the late seventies, there has been more research and publications on the topic of mindfulness which demonstrates the validity of this practice in everyday life. Currently, there are two respected and regulated practices MBSR & MBCT, both pieces of training are taught using standard systems and development routines. In these two approaches, you start out learning to observe where you are as you become active in the moment in order to intentionally bring your senses to the experience. The key difference between the two principles is MBCT focus on low moods and negative thoughts. As BCT was developed to prevent future episodes of depression in subjects that have a recurrent history of depression.
The benefits of these practices include:
1. The recognition and stopping of automatic reactions that have become habitual.
2. Responding more effectively in complex or difficult situations.
3. The achievement of balance in business and home.
4. Obtaining resilience to see situations more clearly.
5. Ability to become more creativity
Practitioners of mindfulness learn how to slowly dial down their minds and automatically shut down the chatter to experience the present moment as its truly meant to be. With practice you will be able to model the following components:
1. Paying attention to one's breath specifically in stressful or emotional situations
2. Not being defined by your thoughts and emotions as you have the power to change them at any given moment.
3. Using all senses to completely take notice and reach full conscious awareness.
The benefits of mindfulness can be extraordinary, for everyday use. As it allows you to be more observational and increase your overall interaction in an environment. Here are five books we found most helpful in understanding the art of mindfulness:
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