What Is Mindfulness?
Mindfulness at its core is simply the act of paying attention to right now without the judgment of what is happening. First, we learn how to pay attention to the basic things like our breath. Then, with practice, our awareness broadens and we find ourselves paying attention to life, broadening our perspectives, and discovering a range of choices we may never considered.
Mindfulness is a way of listening to our minds and training our brains to slow down and pay attention to NOW rather than rehashing the past or constantly thinking about the future. My goal is to guide, encourage and support you as you learn how mindfulness can reduce stress, tap into your natural healing power, and enrich your life.
Can Mindfulness Help You?
Mindfulness is becoming more widely accepted by mainstream society and modern medicine, though the concept and practice has been around for a very long time. Eastern philosophies have taught it for thousands of years. Western cultures have just recently begun to give credence to this ancient knowledge. Mindfulness teaches us to be fully engaged in the present moment, changing how we perceive and respond to the difficulties and challenges in our lives.
We spend a lot of time thinking, planning and trying to control our surroundings and circumstances. If we let our brains' frantic action go unchecked, eventually our nervous systems are on overload and we don't understand how or why that happened. Symptoms like digestive issues, fatigue, memory loss, insomnia and more enter our daily lives, then we seek relief. Medical professionals frequently diagnose these problems as stress-induced and prescribe medications to "fix it". While medications may be useful, they are more of a band-aid to relieve our symptoms, rather than a way for us to address the root causes of our stress and discomfort. Learning how to be mindful doesn't magically change our situations or erase our stress, instead, we learn how to change our perspective and how to make wiser choices in our responses and actions.
We are constantly looking for ways to reduce stress in the busy society we have created. This is the biggest reason mindfulness has entered the mainstream. If we had known that giving our brains some "down time" to rest (through meditation and mindful practices), we could have been heading off these uncomfortable stress symptoms. You're probably thinking, "But my brain rests when I sleep". Really? Do you fall asleep easily and sleep through the night? Or do you doze off thinking about your work day, tomorrow's errands, or next week's meeting? Genuinely slowing down and giving your brain a break allows you to truly recharge and tap into your reserves of strength, wisdom and courage. Mindfulness allows you to slow down, be still and connect with your inner Self in a compassionate, empowering way.
Mindfulness and Spirituality
Our inner reflection and personal growth can bring up new questions about our self-identity, reasons for being, spiritual direction, and even our core beliefs. This questioning is a natural part of our increasing awareness, and for many, this questioning turns toward spirituality or religious beliefs.
As we learn the art of mindfulness, we let go of the thoughts that seem to fill and control every moment of our lives. Learning to let go can leave us feeling like we lack direction and don't know where to turn. This isn't unusual when we finally manage to still our brain.
Once we train our brain to let go of the incessant chatter, the quiet and stillness we find become a safe haven for our Selves to unwind, relax, and explore. When we are comfortable with meditation and embracing a quiet brain, we open the door to inner reflection, personal growth, spiritual inquiry and fully engaging in this activity called Life.
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