Updated: Feb 26, 2020
Mindfulness is the process of paying attention, in an open – nonjudgmental way, to your experience in the present moment. So, you ask why is mindfulness the new “must have” to improve your life? Because practicing mindfulness gives you better control of your emotions, impulses, it helps you relieve stress and anxiety, promotes vitality, heightens awareness, helps train your attention, improves the quality of your work, and enhances interpersonal relationships.
Any way you look at it, mindfulness impacts your life in a positive way:
It improves well-being. Mindfulness supports many attitudes that contribute to a satisfied life. It makes it easier to enjoy the pleasures in life as they occur, it helps you become fully engaged in activities, and it creates a greater capacity to deal with adverse events. By focusing on the here and now, many people find that they are less likely to get caught up in worries about the future or regrets over the past, they are also less preoccupied with concern about success and self-esteem – And they are better able to from deep connections with others.
It improves physical health.
Scientists have discovered that mindfulness techniques help improve physical health in many ways. It can help relief stress, treat heart disease, lower blood pressure, reduce chronic pain, improve sleep, and alleviate gastrointestinal difficulties.
It improves mental health.
Psychotherapists have turned to mindfulness meditation as an important element in the treatment of a number of problems, including depression, substance abuse, eating disorders, couple’s conflicts, anxiety disorders, and obsessive-compulsive disorder.
The goal of mindfulness is to achieve a state of alert and focused relaxation. So, how can you practice mindfulness?
All mindfulness techniques are a form of meditation and here are some:
Sit quietly and focus on your natural breathing or on a “mantra” that you repeat silently. Allow thoughts to come and go without judgement and return to your focus breath or mantra.
Body sensations – Notice body sensations such as an itch or tingling without judgement and let them pass. Notice each part of your body in succession from head to toe.
Sensory – Notice sights, sounds, smells, tastes, and touches. Name them “sight,” “sound,” “smell,” “taste,” or “touch” without judgement and let them go.
Emotions – Allow emotions to be present without judgment. Practice a steady and relaxed naming of emotions: “joy,” “anger,” “frustration.” Accept the presence of that emotion and let it go.
When meditating remember three things: go with the flow, pay attention, and stay with it!