What is mindfulness? Mindfulness is the ever present witnessing of awareness - meaning you are conscious of each moment that encompasses thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations and your surrounding environment.
Mindfulness helps reduce stress by reducing negative emotions, in turn, helping us accept the present moment with positive acceptance.
How do you cultivate mindfulness?
- Pay close attention to your breathing, especially when experiencing intense emotions. Focusing on the in flow and out flow of your breath.
- Notice the sensations in your body, how are you feeling at this present moment? Take in all that is around you from the feelings in your body to the environment around you.
- Recognize that your thoughts and emotions are fleeting and do not define you, an insight that can free you from negative thought patterns. This moment too shall pass.
- Find stillness and let your thoughts come and go, focusing on your breathing and accepting where you are at any given moment.
Whenever you feel you are feeling anxious about the future or dwelling on the past, bring your mind and body to the present moment, focusing on the here and now, how you feel at this exact moment. If you are feeling tired, negative, stressed or depressed, allow yourself to feel these feelings and have a sense of awareness of all that is around you.
When you become conscious of how you are feeling at any given moment and find stillness within you will experience mindfulness.