Anyone that’s familiar with mindfulness knows the peace you’ll experience as a result of it. It’s a great way to engage in the present moment and is quickly gaining lots of popularity in board rooms, prisons, hospitals and many other places where people need to be healed and at peace. I’ve personally embarked on mindfulness myself as I’ve reached out to find natural ways to deal with my own anxiety issues. So, what is mindfulness and how do you do it?
It’s a Matter of Being Present
It’s commonplace for most people to be on auto pilot. We go through our lives rather absently, not really engaged in the present moment and therefore we miss a good portion of our lives due to that “mindless” type of living. Mindfulness is the opposite of this. It’s full engagement, mind, body, breath, and soul fully absorbed in the present moment. After doing this in meditation a few times, you’ll find yourself surprised at all there is to experience in the present moment. I know I was. Big time. The whole experience is astronomically healing. It gives you a break from habitually thinking of the past and trying to anticipate the future. Once you do it, you’ll want to do more.
What Are The Benefits of Mindfulness?
It helps to stop reactions that are habitual in nature, slows down the mind to decrease anxiety, helps you to see things clearly which helps you to gain good perspective (I personally love that aspect of it), helps to promote creativity and achieve balance in your life as a whole.
I can’t say enough about what you’ll gain personally from implementing this practice in your life. There’s so much we can include in our lives just by becoming present in the moment.
Who Should Practice Mindfulness?
Anyone and everyone basically. It’s for just about anyone who feels they could benefit from it for whatever reasons they may have for trying it. You really don’t need a problem or hang up to give it a try either. Anyone will gain the benefits of mindfulness no matter what their circumstances involve, good or bad.
Where Does Mindfulness Have It’s Origin?
The foundation of mindfulness originates in the eastern cultures that practice a lot of meditation. I personally went to a Buddhist Sangha, (place of Buddhist based meditation). This was basically a gathering of people all interested in meditation and Buddhism. Buddhism’s foundation is based on meditation so that’s where I learned of meditation and mindfulness, however you can find mindfulness clinics in many places where there are people trained in helping others learn this type of mind skill.
Today, I sat in the sun in the front yard of my property and quietly listened to the birds, cars, children, barking dogs and whatever other sensation or sound crossed my path. I liked it so much, an hour later I did it again. I invite you to try this healing practice. You won’t be sorry. Go ahead, you only have the present moment to gain!
Think well, live well, be at peace!