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What is mindfulness? 

 May 13, 2020

I’m sure you’ve come across of mindfulness before now. It’s hard to watch TV, read a magazine, or be on social media without coming across the benefits of mindfulness. But perhaps you’re a little unsure about what it actually is. Everyone I’ve talked to seems to have a different opinion.

Many people know it’s related to Buddhism so aren’t really sure if it’s for them.

They aren’t sure if it involves meditation or if they have to be in nature to do it.

Thankfully all you need is to be willing to slow down a little and to focus. When you begin to practice being more mindful, not only will you feel better and experience numerous mental, physical, and spiritual benefits. Plus it’s free!

Many people are using mindfulness to feel better and you can too, but let’s start with a definition. 

What is Mindfulness?

If you asked ten people for a definition of mindfulness, you’d probably get ten different answers. However, one of the simplest and therefore, my favourite definition is:

Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way; on purpose, in the present moment, and nonjudgmentally

– Jon Kabat-Zinn

Put simply; mindfulness means paying attention to where you are, what you are doing and what you are thinking. But humans being humans sometimes that’s not so easy to do so in those moments, simply notice that your mind went off track and bring your attention back to the present.

For example, if you’re going for a walk, your thoughts should be focused on your five senses. What can you see and hear? Can you smell or taste anything, what can you feel. Focus on the things you don’t usually notice like the heat of the sun on your face, the sounds of traffic or birds. Maybe you can smell fresh-cut grass. 

You shouldn’t be thinking about your money, your relationships work, or any of the usual things that your thoughts typically go to

Mindfulness has only become a mainstream topic in recent years, despite being around for thousands of years. This is mostly due to the numerous medical benefits that have been discovered recently.

Although mindfulness is a type of meditation, its not the same:

Mindfulness is simply being aware of what is happening right now without wishing it were different; enjoying the pleasant without holding on when it changes (which it will);  being with the unpleasant without fearing it will always be this way (which it won’t)

– James Baraz

If you want to experience the amazing benefits of mindfulness join the FREE 5 days to More Mindfulness Challenge. Just click here for more details and to sign up

Julia Harris

About the author

Julia Harris is The Upgrade Coach. She works with smart women who understand that the only thing holding them back from fulfilling their potential is the unhelpful thinking patterns keeping them trapped and the habits that they keep falling back into.If you want to upgrade your life or business you start by upgrading your thoughts.

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