Mindfulness and Self-Compassion (Part 2)
In this blog I’d like to discuss the benefits of practicing mindfulness. But first, let’s recap a few key points in Mindfulness and Self-Compassion Part 1 blog.
Mindfulness is simply intentionally paying attention in the present moment without judgment. It is maintaining a moment-by-moment awareness of our feelings, surrounding environment, thoughts, and bodily sensations. The seven attitudes of mindfulness are beginner’s mind, patience, letting go, trust, non- striving, non-judging and acceptance.
So Why Practice Mindfulness?
Do you find yourself just watching life pass you by? It’s like your watching your life unfold, as a spectator in the stands instead of living in the present and experiencing all life has to offer. You’re constantly planning for the next minute, day or weekend until the actual present moment is a blur. Mindfulness helps us intentionally focus on the present moment and experience what’s happening.
Mindfulness helps us deal with stress and improve the overall quality of life. It also helps by reducing negative anxiety and emotions and increasing positive emotions and self-compassion feelings. Implementing mindfulness techniques helps us remove distractions and improve our attention and memory skills through creating awareness.
I didn’t start out practicing mindfulness over night. I had to understand it and learn how to apply it daily. In my book, Making a Difference, I discuss in detail how practicing mindfulness helped me deal with a stressful time in my life and the lives of others. Practicing mindfulness also helped to relieve my chronic lower back pain, reduce stress and improve my sleep patterns.
How to Cultivate Mindfulness Daily?
Although many people believe mindfulness is developed through formal meditation, it’s not the only way. It’s about living your life in the present moment by moment by moment. That’s how I learned. I didn’t go through any formal mindfulness training until a year after I started practicing it.
I started with understanding the seven attitudes of mindfulness and how to apply them to my everyday living. That’s when I realized my grandmothers had already taught me how to apply those attitudes to my life. I just hadn’t done it, until now. And what a difference it has made.
I paid close attention to my breathing, especially when I was feeling emotions such as anger and sadness. I recognized those emotions and thoughts were fleeting and I didn’t want them to define me. I stopped judging whether something was right or wrong, good or bad. I just let it be. There were times when I would steal away to a quiet place to take some deep cleansing breaths to get back to center.
I tried to be intentionally present during relaxing moments, sensing the smells, sounds, and sights that normally slip by without me being aware. I became more aware of physical feelings of water hitting on my skin during a swim or how my body rested in the chair at the office.
These are just a few examples of how practicing mindfulness helped improve my quality of life even on a small scale. Since then, I have taken several courses and trainings for professionals. I wanted to be able to share this with others. It doesn’t cost anything to get started. And it makes a huge difference in your life and the lives of others.
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