What is Mindfulness?
Mindfulness is the practice of being intentionally focused, attentive and aware in the present moment.
Acceptance and non-judgment are important aspects of mindfulness. If you’re in a situation you don’t like, you may (naturally) not want to focus on it. Mindfulness helps you stay present in challenging situations so that you can be more focused and feel happier and calmer in these situations, rather than trying to tune out your feelings or surroundings, which can lead to increased distress, anxiety, brain fog, depression and trouble focusing. Mindfulness teaches you how to slow down your thoughts and quiet the mental chatter in your head without getting drawn into every worry or distraction that comes along. With practice, you can learn how to let anxiety, fear, worries and distress exist in the “background” without them taking center stage. Over time, these emotions will start to diminish so they’re not as intense and they’re not present as often. However, when they do come up, you’ll have the tools to manage these feelings so they don’t have so much power over you.
Western culture is extremely fast-paced and filled with overstimulation. You may be so used to multitasking that it feels uncomfortable to not be busy. However, research shows that multitasking most often produces poor results. It takes more time and more energy than if you focused on one task at a time and none of the tasks are done as well as they would be if they’d had your full focus. Pruning away distractions allows more room for productivity and creativity. You can actually get more done, with less stress, in less time by practicing mindfulness instead of trying to focus on several things at once or letting yourself be distracted by thoughts and worries that aren’t helpful to the current task.
Mindfulness is an essential element of the Buddhist philosophy; however, there is no religious aspect to using Mindfulness Based Therapy. You can practice mindfulness whether you are an atheist, a Catholic, a Southern Baptist or a Muslim. Practicing mindfulness can even help to rewire certain parts of your brain so that it functions in a healthier way. It can help you stay present, improve focus and simply enjoy the little moments that make life blissful.
Mindfulness has been shown to have the following benefits:
- Reduced anxiety
- Reduced depression
- Improved focus
- Improved social interactions
- Sense of calm and less stress
- Being able to connect with others more deeply, fully and sincerely
- Feeling less “scattered” and stressed
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