You may not be aware, but Mindfulness Day, created by the not-for-profit organisation, Wisdom Publications fell on September 12. Wisdom Publications are a publisher of Buddhist books and practical works on mindfulness. This crucial element of Buddhism has gone far beyond Buddhists and has been made popular in the West by psychotherapists and psychologists. We hear the term frequently, mindfulness or being mindful, but what does it really mean, and how easy is it to implement into our daily lives?
What Is Mindfulness?Mindfulness is the ability of humans to be fully present and aware. Aware of what we are doing and where we are. It is also our essential ability not to be overly reactive or become overwhelmed by what goes on around us. It involves developing a presence in all aspects of our lives to do life rather than letting life do us.
Can I be Mindful?Everyone possesses the ability to be mindful; however, often, the hustle and bustle of daily life mean this ability is lost. Our minds wander away and take flight, and we lose touch with our bodies and inner selves. Sometimes we become more tied up in obsessive thoughts, concerned with things that have not yet happened or that we have no control over.While mindfulness itself is an innate skill we all possess, it can be nurtured and cultivated through proven techniques.These techniques include:
Short pauses or breaks which we insert into our everyday lives
Combining mediation with yoga or sport
Seated, walking, standing and moving mediation (you can lie down; however, this often causes a person to fall asleep)
What Are The Benefits Of Mindfulness?Mindfulness, and meditation themselves, shouldn’t be performed solely seeking benefits; however, of course, there are many.Benefits include:
Gaining insight, awareness and emotional intelligence both of ourselves and others