"Mindfulness is the basic ability to be fully present."
Mindfulness is something that has really resonated with me and i'm sure you, this year especially. We need to take that time out to be present. We need to give ourselves some space to concentrate on the here and now and not worry about what will be or what has happened.
It is easier said than done to cruise through life living minute by minute, not thinking about the consequences or repercussions of our actions. This is not what mindfulness is though of course.
We so often veer from the matter at hand. Our mind takes flight and we lose touch with our body. We can become so engrossed in obsessive thoughts about something that has just happened or go into a state of worry about the future and what it's events may bring. This can all make us anxious, which of course gets those nasty stress hormones pumping (cortisol) and we just freak out. This can result in sleepless nights, loss of appetite and even anxiety attacks or panic attacks.
How can we rectify this or just simply help ourselves? "I just don't have time," I hear you say; All we need to do is give ourselves a few minutes a day.
It can be sitting down, standing or walking. You can of course lie down, but this often leads to sleep, which is not what we are trying to achieve with mindfulness.
Meditation practise is perfect with yoga or even when getting a massage.
Mindfulness isn't just a hippy or boho term that has recently popped up out of nowhere, it has been scientifically proven and demonstrated by so many for it's positive benefits for our health, happiness, work and relationships.
So just take some time by yourself, look after yourself and your mental health and you will reap benefits in the other aspects of your life.
"Mindfulness can help us enjoy life more and understand ourselves better."
Check out the NHS link www.nhs.uk/mental-health/self-help/tips-and-support/mindfulness/ for more information.
Love, peace & zen,