Mindfulness practice – what is it? And how to benefit from it for life

Mindfulness practice – what is it? And how to benefit from it for life. Mindfulness means a fully aware mind. John Kabat-Zinn, the “father” of this approach, defines it as “paying attention: with intention, in the present moment, without judgement”. In this article, you will learn all the tools of mindfulness…

This is a philosophy of life, a path of personal growth that aims to capture the present in order to live it to the fullest. Because in the hustle and bustle of everyday life, it often happens that we lose ourselves along the way. Happy moments, dreams, goals that may seem unnecessary, but are part of us, part of our day. These are the moments of life that we don’t remember living and that we lose forever.
Mindfulness practice

Choosing mindfulness to achieve well-being is a transformative experience. To follow it, on the one hand, you will have to practice meditation (formal and informal). On the other hand, you’ll have to start living with mindfulness, becoming aware of the ingrained habits of the mind that have hitherto prevented you from living the life you deserve.

What is mindfulness?

  • Acknowledge your feelings, emotions, thoughts, but not be overwhelmed by them
  • Identify with who you really are, not with your thoughts and mistakes
  • Live more in the present moment and less in the past or future
  • Recognise and utilise your potential

The main ingredient of mindfulness is the present moment. This does not mean that you have to focus on any particular moment. All you have to do is focus on your experience of the present moment, forgetting about the past or the future. You can focus on something you are doing, observing or listening to, such as a feeling or your breath. The moment you focus on an object in a relaxed and intentional way, you are already practising mindfulness.

First mindfulness exercises: an introduction to practice

  • Sit at a table with a small object in front of you: a cup, glass, etc.
  • Look carefully at the object, taking in everything you see, but do not touch it or move it.
  • Think about how it looks, but don’t judge its appearance or usefulness.
  • Concentrate on your feelings. Stay still and close your eyes. Become aware of the physical sensations you are experiencing. The point where your body touches your clothes, or the pressure on a chair.
  • Keep your attention for a few minutes on what you hear: the sound of breathing, noise, etc.
  • Think about what you have just experienced.

By staying focused on the object, on the sensations and sounds, you give yourself a break from your worries. Over time, this can become a valuable opportunity for mental relaxation.

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