Mindfulness is a powerful practice that will benefit every aspect of your life. Mindfulness is defined as "the quality or state of being mindful. The practice of maintaining a non-judgemental state of heightened awareness from a moment to moment basis," by Merriam Webster Dictionary. Mindfulness can be described in several ways but ultimately is the self regulation of attention and accepting the present moment as it is. The intention is to accept the present moment with curiosity and openness towards all aspects of the moment. This includes thoughts, feelings, emotions and sensations. This Ancient Buddhist contemplative practice is now widely used in the medical profession, psychological field, sports and performance. There are countless academic studies that provide evidence that mindfulness based practices positively affect multiple areas of ones life. "If you are depressed you are living in the past.
If you are anxious, you are living in the future.
If you are at peace, you are living in the present"
-Lao Tzu, Chinese Philosopher and founder of Taoism.
The key to being in the present is your breath. Close your eyes. Take a moment to inhale a deep breath into your lower belly, feel the sensation of your stomach rise and fall. Be a witness to the sensations of your body. Notice the sounds around you. If your mind starts to wander, bring it back to your breath, to your body.
There are several techniques and tools in mindfulness. Stay tuned as I highlight more of these in future posts.
May you be present today and in-joy the riches.