Mindfulness and Self-Compassion (Part 2)

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.

Marcelletta teaches others how to create harmony and balance in their lives, reduce stress, be fully present and enjoy authentic happiness. If you’re ready to start creating the life you desire, click here to get started.

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5 comments on “Mindfulness and Self-Compassion (Part 2)

  1. Great article and I’d love to checkout your book sometime! I’ve found that just taking a few minutes to sit, relax and breath. Breathing is so important whether it’s deep meditation breathing to help set a positive tone for the day or just making sure you’re properly breathing through a stressful situation. Controlled breathing is an easy place to start, at least it was for me since it’s a very tangible function we can control if we pay attention, when trying to adopt mindfulness into your life. I never fully adopted the mindfulness attitudes but just getting a few of the essentials worked into my life really helped.

  2. Thanks for the great article. There seems to be a lot of power in mindfulness. I have often found myself overwhelmed by the day and its events. I really need to try and just find a quite place and breath and focus on my body. It is really inspiring to hear how you started to perceive the world better after following these practices. I will have to try and start implementing some more of these into my daily routine.

    • Let me know how I can help you get started. It really does take much to get started and the results are priceless. I have seen changes in my colleagues, family and friends.

  3. This is a great article. I am so glad that you are sharing this wonderful information with myself and your readers. These are awesome practices and I will share this post with those in my world. Loved it!!

  4. Thank you Marcelleta for the reminder that mindfulness is a practice and can happen at anytime and does not have to just be during meditation. One of my favorite practices of mindfulness , which you mentioned, is to be aware of my senses in the present moment. Not only does this bring me to the present moment it helps to ignite what does and does not bring me pleasure. Double happiness – mindfulness and pleasure.

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