Why practice Mindfulness?
If you feel weighed down by the past or fearful of the future, mindfulness is for you. In the Now you discover that you are already complete and perfect. Not only that, you will discover the many health benefits of mindfulness meditation.
Mindfulness makes it easier to deal with everyday life, stressful situations and tough or traumatic times. Scientific studies show that mindfulness improves wellbeing, mental, emotional and physical health.
What is Mindfulness?
Mindfulness is the art of being present in every waking moment of your daily activities. Mindfulness breaks down our conditioned responses by creating space between ourselves and our reactions.
When you are mindful you become the observer. You watch your thoughts and feelings and actions from a distance, like clouds passing by in the sky, without judgement.
Instead of allowing ourselves to be carried away by the stories and dramas in our lives, we start living in the moment and awaken to authentic experience.
The health benefits of Mindfulness Meditation
- Improved energy and productivity levels.
- It improves overall health.
- Greater self-awareness and connection to our physical body and its needs.
- Better concentration, cognitive ability and improved memory.
- It reduces stress, anxiety and depression.
- Improved sleep.
- A general feeling of wellbeing, joy and happiness.
- Increased creativity and problem solving abilities.
- It improves emotional intelligence.
- Improved relationships and social skills.
- Better resistance to pain.
- How can we practice Mindfulness?
How to practice Mindfulness
Learn to be present in every moment, or every moment you can remember to do it. Mindfulness is to just to observe, eat, just listen, just walk – without judgement, chatter, or criticism.
Use all your senses as you observe every moment of every activity.
When you eat a meal, be mindful of the eating and the food. What is its taste? What is its texture? When you take off your sweater, what does it feel like? How does it feel as it goes over your head? What is its colour? Its smell?
When you walk on the pavement, are you aware of your body? What is the sensation in your feet, or legs? What do you see? Are you noticing the cracks in the pavement, the weeds sprouting through? What about the wind on your face, in your hair? Can you hear the the leaves rustling in the breeze?
Another way of practicing mindfulness is through meditation. It will help you train your mind to stay in the present moment.
Would you like to enjoy the health benefits of mindfulness meditation?
For more information, you can read the transforming and rewarding book by Eckhart Tolle, The Power of Now. In it we learn that we can find our way out of psychological pain as he guides us on a path to authentic power and enlightenment.