Have you heard of mindfulness meditation? Presently, mindfulness has been a popular topic of interest. As a society we are overworked, stressed, and always moving from one thing to another. But that isn’t a healthy way to live.
Are you interested in discovering what mindfulness actually is? In this article, you will learn:
- What is mindfulness meditation?
- What are the benefits of mindfulness?
- When and where can you practice mindfulness?
- How can you practice mindfulness?
If you are ready to discover the magic of mindfulness meditation, then I suggest you keep on reading.
What is mindfulness meditation?
Mindfulness encompasses being present in the moment by focusing your attention on one thing at a time. Mindfulness can involve your senses and/or your thoughts and emotions. While practicing mindfulness, allow your thoughts to come and go without judgement. Let your thoughts simply be.
Why is mindfulness important?
- Focus your mind
- Quieten your mind
- Help you feel calm
- Help you relax
- Regulate your emotions
- Improve your concentration
- Enhance your awareness
- Make you more attuned to your senses
- Decrease your stress
- Improve your mental health
- Improve your physical health
When can we practice mindfulness meditation?
•While eating meals
•While waiting (in a line, at traffic lights)
•When doing chores
•While lying in bed
•While having a shower
How can we practice mindfulness?
So, what do you actually do to be mindful? For example, let’s think about washing the dishes.
Firstly, let’s start by focusing on your sense of touch – feel the warmth of the water on your hands. Touch the bubbles, experience the sensation of the sponge or cloth.
Then, I want you to think about what you might feel with each type of dish you pick up. How would a cup feel when washing it? Or what about a plate? Try it yourself right now.
Secondly, let’s move on to your sense of sight. Of course, this is easy to think about, but we are going to focus more intently on the details we don’t typically notice. Look at the bubbles; are there any large bubbles? Are the bubbles clustered together? Do the bubbles look ‘fluffy’, or have they started to disperse?
Next I want you to think about what your sponge or cloth looks like. If I asked you to describe it, what would you say? Would you talk about its colour, its shape, its size, its texture?
Then let’s focus on your sense of sound. Can you hear the water moving, or is it silent? Do the dishes make different sounds as you place them on the drying rack? Does the sponge or cloth make a noise as you wash?
How about your sense of smell? Can you smell the dishwashing liquid? Maybe you can smell a candle burning nearby, or a cake cooking in the oven. Maybe you can smell your perfume, or your dog as he runs past.
Finally, your sense of taste. Depending on what you are doing, this can be a tricky one to hone into. But trust me, no matter what you are doing, you can focus on what you taste. Sometimes when I strongly focus on a smell, I can almost taste it. Maybe you can taste the coffee you drank five minutes ago. Maybe you can taste an unpleasant feeling in your mouth. Or maybe you can still taste the garlic you had for lunch.
Thoughts and Emotions
So, what about other thoughts that enter your mind whilst practicing mindfulness meditation? Simply allow them to be. In other words, let your thoughts come and go, without judgement. Consequently, if you begin to focus on your thoughts, you are no longer being mindful.
It is important to realize that mindfulness is about concentrating on the present moment. Moreover, if your thoughts are unrelated to what you are doing, try to regain focus on what is happening right now.
If your thoughts and emotions are related to the activity you are partaking in, then feel free to focus on those. First thing to remember is the rule of no judgement. Let your thoughts flow freely and experience your emotions fully. No judgement.
A quick recap
Mindfulness involves your five senses, thoughts and emotions. Being mindful means focusing on the present moment. You can practice mindfulness anywhere and at anytime.
In summary, mindfulness is about being in the present moment. You can practice mindfulness at any time, no matter where you are. Mindfulness has many fantastic benefits, so I highly recommend you give it a try.
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