“Be happy in the moment, that’s enough. Each moment is all we need, not more.”
― Mother Teresa
Mindfulness is the psychological process of bringing one’s attention to the internal and external experiences occurring in the present moment, which can be developed through the practice of meditation and other training.
Large population-based research studies have indicated that the practice of mindfulness is strongly correlated with greater well-being and perceived health which helps in reducing stress, depression, anxiety and worry.
In this busy world that we live in, it’s important to take a step back, and you will find yourself losing your connection with the present moment, missing on what you are doing and how you are feeling. Mindfulness is the practice of focusing your attention to the present moment and accepting the present without judgment.
How wonderful would that be? How would you feel when you are fully aware of your being present. When you feel less stressed or depressed? When I heard about mindfulness I had many questions in my mind. More importantly I wanted to know how to keep my mind away from all the chatter and how to control my mind when I’m around stressful situations.
According to experts mindfulness has both physical and mental health benefits some of which are :-
Physical benefits –
- Lowers blood pressure
- Relieves stress
- Reduce chronic pain
- Improves sleep
Health benefits –
- Eating disorders
- Anxiety disorders
- Obsessive compulsive disorders
It’s become increasingly common for mindfulness meditation to be combined with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) as they share the common goal of helping people gain perspective on inadequate, irrational and self-defeating thoughts.
Here are some of the techniques that I continue to follow –
Basic Meditation – Focus on natural breathing or a mantra/ word that you repeat silently. You will notice that you will have thoughts come and go allow them without judgment and focus on breathing.
Sensations – Notice sights, sound, smells and taste. Notice these sensations without judgment and let them go.
Emotions – It’s important to allow your emotions without judgment. Be calm and think of all the good things that has happened to you and this way it helps to keep your mind positive even when your mind wanders to negative emotions.
With the practice of mindfulness we rewire our brains to live in the present and create a space of freedom, reduces distractions and improves attentive skills and enhances relationships.
I hope this is helpful. Stay tuned for more thoughts on mindfulness in my next post.