What is Mindfulness?

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Mindfulness is a way to train your conscious awareness to achieve a sense of calm.

You might think I am conscious, so how can I experience my conscious mind better? What is mindfulness, and why do I need it?

Mindfulness is living all elements of life in conscious awareness.

This simplest way to describe mindfulness is a meditative practice that focuses on your senses and how you experience them. Through practice, you will learn to accept sensation as part of your reality rather than something that happens externally to you.

Mindfulness, in all its names and forms, has been shown to reduce stress and anxiety. I am not a doctor and cannot explain the medical reason. I do know that mindfulness practice has helped me. 

Mindfulness is an exercise. Like going to the gym, adapting, seeing, and feeling the benefits takes time. It will not change your life immediately. But as you continue practicing, you will notice a difference in your life.

How do I Practice Mindfulness?

The first step is to exist. If you’re reading this, you’re already doing a good job. 

There is no secret to unlocking an understanding of mindfulness practice or meditation. The term mindfulness isn’t perfect. A synonym might be awareness, presence, or observation.

Observing something simple, like your breath, is the easiest way to begin practicing mindfulness. 

  • Bring your attention to your breath.
  • Breath normally
  • Where do you feel your breath the most? In your nose, in your abdomen?
  • Notice the sensation of the air entering and leaving your body.
  • At what point does your breath begin and end?
  • Spend a minute in this space.
  • Notice how your mind wanders, and thoughts arise. 

These steps are the first that most take in their practice of mindfulness. But like consciousness, it is a subjective experience.

How do I Make Time for Mindfulness?

It may seem like life is too chaotic to do mindfulness meditation. The truth is you only need a few moments. There are also many practices you can do while also completing everyday tasks. 

Types of Mindfulness practice

  • Merging mindfulness with other activities such as sports, running, or yoga.
  • Setting aside time every day for mindfulness meditation.
  • Mindfulness meditation while walking, standing, sitting, or lying down.
  • Mindfulness while doing a simple task like washing the dishes.
  • Mindful eating is where you break down what you eat into every sensation.

The list can go on and can also encompass every type of human activity. A musician can look at their instrument in a mindful way. The possibilities are not only endless. They are closer than you think.

Benefits of Mindfulness Practice 

Anyone can practice mindfulness. You don’t need a guru or a class or a degree. Mindfulness does not require changing who you are or engaging in activities you wouldn’t normally do. 

Mindfulness does allow us to understand the complexity of consciousness better. This understanding will have different benefits for different people. Some may find more inspiration. Others may reduce their stress with mindfulness practices.

The benefits of mindfulness meditation also have a scientific basis. Mindfulness practices have been shown to reduce rumination, boost memory, and lessen emotional reactivity. 

Mindfulness is about reconciling your sense of self with your present mind. I can’t tell you how to do that, but some easy exercises can help out. 

Paying Attention

You may notice that many mindfulness practices start with the breath. The main reason for this is that we are always, hopefully, breathing. It is an easy point to focus our attention on. 

The breath is also a great point to return to. During meditation, it is normal for your mind to wander or get lost in thought. When that happens, you can refocus by returning to your breath. 

I’m sure you pay attention to a lot of stuff in your day to day. There is nothing truth significant about your breath in meditation. It is just one of the aspects of the self to place your attention. 

Trying Mindfulness

Mindfulness is actually very easy to practice. You only need a moment to set your focus. Meditation does not require you to clear your mind totally. Many people think meditation and think monk-like inner peace and assume it’s not for them or even possible for them to achieve anything close to that.

Practicing mindfulness isn’t about becoming a monk or even changing your lifestyle. If anything, mindfulness is the opposite of the out-of-touch hippy stereotype. It is about challenging yourself to accept your consciousness and how you are and affect the world around you.

Don’t limit yourself by brushing off mindfulness meditation. Try it for a while, and if you see no benefit, then you have lost nothing. But you could gain so much. 

What is mindfulness in simple terms?

This simplest way to describe mindfulness is a meditative practice that focuses on your senses and how you experience them.

How can you practice mindfulness?

The first step is to focus on your breath. Become the observer of your breathing rather than trying to control it. You can then apply these principles to other daily activities.

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Jillian has been on a journey to find peace in the chaos since 2016. Mindfulness, meditation, and yoga have helped them keep present. They have been writing as a passion since an early age and writing professionally since 2018.

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