What is Mindfulness
Mindfulness is about cultivating a particular quality of attention towards present experience AND a particular quality of attitude towards that experience.
To practice Mindfulness, observe (pay attention to) your present experience with curiosity.
- What is happening now?
- Where can I feel it?
- What can I feel?
Notice everything about that experience, not to change it, but simply to observe it.
There is no ‘right way’ to experience Mindfulness. It is about the practice of observing, without judgement, even when it is uncomfortable.
It is not about striving for some blissful non-thinking state. Even after years of practice, thoughts will come, you will notice sounds and sensations, maybe a car going past, or an itch you want to scratch. The important thing is what you do with those distractions. Do not fight them. Simply notice them.
I find it helps to name any distractions, not in a specific way, but just say to yourself, ‘thinking,’ once or twice when you notice your mind drifting into thought, and then gently bring your attention back to the breath, the body, or whatever you are focusing on for the session. If it is a sensation in the body, say, ‘sensation, sensation’, and bring your attention back. If it is a sound, say ‘hearing, hearing.’ Maybe you are running movies behind the eyes, so you can say ‘seeing, seeing’ and so on. Whatever happens, simply notice it, and bring your attention back.
Click below to access your free Mindfulness Resources, including a Guide To Mindfulness and Guided Meditation.
This short guide to mindfulness takes you through a series of exercises to help you live mindfully every day
Download this 10-minute recording to be guided through a short mindfulness meditation
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