Mindfulness is a way of living with greater attention and intention and less reactivity and judgement.
Many of us are on ‘automatic pilot’ — our bodies operate in a routine pattern while our minds are somewhere else, anticipating future events or ruminating over something that has happened. This ‘mindless’ way of living can limit how we experience life, the choices we make, the quality of our relationships and can exacerbate feelings of stress.
Practising mindfulness can help you to bring awareness to the present with an attitude of openness and curiosity. It is being awake to the fullness of your life right now by engaging the 5 senses and noticing your thoughts without holding on to, or pushing away, what you are experiencing.
Mindfulness can help you to recognise mental habits that limit your understanding of something, or restrict your options for action…
Some people worry that mindfulness practice will be time consuming, when they are already under pressure. Others may worry that they will not have the ability or the skills to learn mindfulness meditation practices.
Mindfulness meditation can be done in any location and at any time of the day. It is not necessary to practise for long periods — it can be as little as one minute of your time. Enhancing your mindfulness is a lifelong process that you can begin to explore now with a simple practice.
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The article also provides some great exercises that will encourage you to try mindfulness for yourself – it is a great way to still your mind and allows you to focus and plan your activities.