“Mindfulness is the awareness that arises through paying attention, on purpose, in the present moment, non-judgementally,”   

Jon Kabat Zinn

When you live mindfully, you are fully engaged with that task, free from distraction or judgement.  You are aware of the thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations and your surrounding environment through a compassionate lens.

“You are the sky.  Everything else is just the weather”

Pema Chodren.

Mindfulness is also acceptance of the above without thinking that things are right or wrong.  This is because we are tuning into the present moment and not clinging onto the past or experiencing anxiety about the future.

Mindfulness is attentional training and we learn this through meditation.  Through meditation, we learn to live more presently and more mindfully.  That is, in the present, with the breaths you take and not caught up with thoughts and feelings that.

 

What is the difference between Mindfulness and Meditation?

Mindfulness is a way of living.  It is catching ourselves when our minds have drifted and gently bringing ourselves back into the present moment over and over again.  Meditation gives us a foundation for mindfulness.  We learn how to meditate, sit, lie, walk or stand, familiarising ourselves with the here and now over and over for a period of time.

Mindfulness is the muscle that meditation strengthens, over time, with practice, mindfulness becomes a way of living by being present throughout the day

 

How Do I Cultivate a Mindful Life?

  • Live your life with intention.  Wake up every day and intentionally live your life.  Become aware of when you are on autopilot, or you aren’t listening to a conversation.  When you’re eating your breakfast, eat it with intention.  When you’re scrolling your phone, do it intentionally.
  • Listen to your breath.  This might sound like common sense but a lot of people breathe from their throat area and not their belly.  Become aware of how you breathe, especially when you’re feeling intense emotions.
  • Tap into your senses.  Look at the world around you and really see things.  Cultivating a Beginners Mindset can help you experience things at a more profound level.
  • You are not your thoughts. You are an observer of my thoughts.  Thoughts and emotions pass, you can free yourself from negative thought patterns.
  • Wash your hands mindfully.  Turn the physical act of handwashing into a sensory experience.  What other physical things that you do can you experience deeper?  Sweeping the floor, brushing your teeth.
  • Start filling in your mindful tool-box.  These are exercises that can help you recalibrate and ground yourself.  (more to come)
  • Learn meditation from an experienced teacher.  Check their credentials.

 

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