September 7, 2021 • Benefits of Mindfulness • Meditation • Mindful Breathing • Mindful Eating • Mindfulness Explained • Mindfulness Help • Mindfulness Information • Mindfulness Meditation • Minfulness • Typesofmindfulness • Wellbeing • What is Mindfulness?
“Mindfulness” has been a bit of a buzz word for the past few years now. Although the word gets thrown around quite a lot these days, many people are confused as to what it really is. And how to do it!
You may have heard of the word “mindfulness” or maybe the term “being mindful”.
Although they sound similar, and are often used by many interchangeably, they are not exactly the same. Being mindful is usually to be careful and can be summed up in the sentence: “Be mindful of that iron, it’s really hot!”
So, what is mindfulness?
Mindfulness is essentially a form of meditation. It is a way for us to clear our minds of random, often negative, thoughts and to just live in the moment.
When we are practising mindfulness, we are acutely aware of ourselves and our environment. We live in the present moment, appreciate it, and experience it without judgement. We just Be.
Mindfulness can be practised as a deliberate form of meditation. This is usually done in a ritualised way; you choose your time, place, and a comfortable position, and just take in your surroundings. When done for several minutes, it changes your brainwaves, relaxes you and reduces stress and anxiety.
Some practitioners change their breathing technique while practising mindfulness, while others say prayers, mantras, or affirmations before or after their session.
Other forms of mindfulness can include mindful eating, whereby you really focus on the food you are about to eat. Imagine the flavour you expect to experience, revel in the taste when it hits your tastebuds, smell the aroma of the meal, feel its texture, and appreciate everything about it. Be grateful for what you are receiving.
It may sound a little like Christian prayers, or “Saying Grace” before mealtime, and essentially it is; many religious ideas and philosophies influenced each other in ancient times.
Mindfulness began around 6,000 years ago in India and was first used in the Buddhist and Hindu religions. However, it has, as we have just seen, been incorporated into other religions too.
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