Why is Mindfulness Important? What and How

Life Moves Pretty Fast. Mindfulness Helps You Live It!

Take a deep breath. Forget all the worries in the world. Be aware of where you are and just live the moment. Well, my friend, you’re in a state of mindfulness!

Mindfulness is not just another buzzword thrown around by meditation experts. It’s a simple and useful concept that has been around for a while. And today, we’re going to take a deep dive into it.

 

What Exactly Mindfulness Is?

Mindfulness is about being fully present through our thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, and surrounding environment. We all naturally possess it, but if we practice it daily, it’s more likely to be available to us.

It is also related to acceptance. In a mindful state, paying attention to our thoughts involves non-judgment. For instance, you won’t think that thought coming to your mind is  “right” or “wrong.” There’s no rehashing the past or worrying about the future. It’s all about the current moment!

Like many other self-help fields, mindfulness finds its roots in Buddhism. But in recent decades, it entered America much because of the work of Jon Kabat-Zinn and his Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program.

MBSR was launched at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in 1979. Now, we have several studies that show the physical and mental health benefits of mindfulness in general and MBSR in particular. These studies have inspired many programs to adapt the MBSR model for schools, prisons, hospitals, veterans centers, and beyond.

 

What Are The Benefits Of Mindfulness?

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Mindfulness can help us in many walks of life. Here are a few benefits of mindfulness:

Mindfulness Improves Well-Being:

We live in a busy world. Even when we are entertaining ourselves, like listening to music, there are unnecessary thoughts of the past or future. These thoughts lose our connection with the present moment.

Luckily, mindfulness is there to support many attitudes that contribute to a satisfying life. People who practice it are more likely to enjoy the pleasures in life as they occur. They are more engaged in activities and have a greater capacity to deal with adverse events.

Whether it’s the regrets over the past or worries about the future, mindfulness allows you to stay away from these kinds of thoughts. Plus, you’ll be able to form deep connections with others.

How it Improves Physical Health:

If greater well-being is not a good incentive for you, there’s even better news: Studies have shown that mindfulness techniques help improve physical health in a number of ways. From relieving stress to treating heart disease and lowering blood pressure, mindfulness can do wonders for your body!

Benefits for Mental Health:

Psychotherapists are using mindfulness meditation in the treatment of several mental health problems, including depression, substance abuse, and obsessive-compulsive disorder.

 

The Basics Of Mindfulness Practice:
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There are many simple ways to practice mindfulness. Some examples include:

  • Set aside some time. A meditation cushion or bench may just be another thing that puts beginners away from mindfulness or meditation. You don’t need that or any other special equipment right now. Just set aside some time and space.
  • Observe the present moment as it is. It’s a busy world. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it. Mindfulness is not about quieting the mind or taking yourself to a state of eternal calm. Its goal is simple: Paying attention to the present moment, without judgment. We know it’s difficult, but you’ll get a habit of it soon.
  • Let your judgments roll by. These judgments arise during practices and are normal. So don’t worry. Take a deep breath and let them
  • Return to observing the present moment as it is. Our minds can get carried away in thought. Mindfulness helps you bring yourself back to the present moment.
  • Be kind to your wandering mind. Don’t be too hard on yourself. Mindfulness helps you know when your mind has wandered off, and gently bring it back.

Practice more. We know the concepts and exercises seem so simple, but they are not always easy. The key is practicing more. You’ll see the results soon.

 

FAQs About Mindfulness:

questions about mindfulness

1. Is there a wrong way to meditate? A right way to meditate?

Some people think that if their mind wanders off while meditating, they are messing it up. However, it’s not the case. Getting lost in thought is fine, but returning to your chosen meditation object— breath, sound, body sensation, or something else—is how it’s done. If you are doing it this way, you’re doing it right!

2. Are there more formal ways to take up mindfulness practice?

Set aside some time and space. Then, either practice it solo or with friends. Alternatively, there are many formal resources out there. Some of them are smartphone app-based and others are in person at a meditation center. The MBSR is one of them. Here’s a list of 33 mindfulness training, courses, programs, workshops & degrees by positivepsychology.com.

3. Do I have to practice every day?

No, but if you do so, you’ll get many benefits. Here’s a guide for developing a daily practice by Jack Kornfield.

4. How do I cultivate mindfulness?

There are a few major components of practicing mindfulness, including paying close attention to your breathing, noticing, and recognizing your thoughts. In the end, it’s all about the moment!

5. What are the benefits of meditation?

The effectiveness of meditation can be beneficial for various conditions, including stress, anxiety, pain, and depression.

6. How to be more mindful at work?

At work, we constantly shift from one task to another. That, combined with the interruption of emails, social media, and other factors, can affect our workflow. Mindfulness can help improve our focus by training us to come back to the present moment over and over again.

 

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