Mindfulness is a great way to learn to pay attention to the present, on purpose, and be nonjudgmental of the way we feel and think during that time. Meditation mindfulness is a practice that refers to the “conscious intention to be present in every moment of your life”.
Mindfulness, by bringing us in the present and helping us be nonjudgmental, is one of the best gears we could have in order to face the madness of the world today. We’re literally assaulted by information, coming from every possible channel. We’re asked to solve multiple problems in the same time, and we always need to figure out what’s good and what’s fake. We think of the past and how we can improve the future, we’re constantly worried about tomorrow and unhappy about the way we’ve lived at least a part of our past. Suddenly, our brains are overloaded constantly, and this is not what the brain was designed to do.
Not having time for recovery impacts negatively our cognition (thinking ability), regulation of emotions, physical health and the sense of well-being and balance, both on the short and long term. Mindfulness teaches us how to stop our response to this stress.
Benefits of mindfulness
Living in such a mad world, mindfulness helps us shift our attention from the past and future to the present moment through the practice of mindfulness meditation.
Mindfulness not just teaches us how to stay present, but also how to be open and receptive to our actual experience instead of focusing on our interpretation of it.
As a practice, mindfulness teaches us two essential things: attention and acceptance. Attention to the present moment, to how we are feeling and what thoughts are crossing our minds. Acceptance of them as there are, stopping the interpretation process, the rumination and reasoning we are so good at.
By practicing mindfulness mediation you learn to witness your thoughts and feelings, without guiding, analyzing, ignoring, suppressing or censoring them. You simply experience them as they happen, without going into rumination over them.
Within the classical Buddhist beliefs, the main cause of suffering is the fact that we perceive that the things we live and experience should be different from what they really are. Mindfulness teaches the practitioner to detach from thinking like this, to understand the impermanence of current observable facts, thoughts or events.
When you encounter a stressful though, feeling, sensation, in mindfulness mediation you learn to just perceive the thought. You do not try to escape and forget it and hide it in a dark corner of your brain. You just acknowledge the feeling, thought or sensation as it is. This way, you’ll be able to also look at it with much more clarity. You develop and change the way you look at the world and the way you look at yourself; you begin to distinguish between your thinking patterns and who you really are. Mindfulness acceptance is a way to move away from reaction into reflection.
Learning to be in the here now requires practice, and commitment, but it is not something hard to do. Mindfulness practice helps with common anxiety and sadness, as well as in depression symptoms. Individuals experiencing this negativity spend a lot of time ruminating their problems, daily events and difficulties. This inevitably leads to more negativity, lack of concentration and focus, stress, difficulties to solve problems, taking initiative and so on. For this individuals I have put together a course on “How to overcome anxiety and depression and go on with your life”. This is meant to make you understand the causes, symptoms, but most of all, help you create your personalized daily routine that will help you take your life back. You’ll also learn some basic principles of meditation and how to get started with the mindfulness practice. Check out this course at the link below and enroll now!
The paradox of mindfulness is that it starts and continues with the habit of letting go of the need to improve and change things. You’ll become aware of what is happening and why. You’ll witness it all and be able to better see and assess the unfolding events, thoughts and associated feelings. Therefore, you’ll be ready to take the proper action – either do something if needed, or do nothing at all. Not everything in this world requires our response, and being aware and in acceptance of things help you better take this call.
“With mindfulness practice, we begin to see that these thoughts are simply that – thoughts. We no longer have to judge them, feel compelled to act upon them, or indeed do anything much about them. They merely arise in our mind and then dissolve”. – Mindfulness Made Simple: An Introduction to Finding Calm through Mindfulness & Meditation, Calistoga Press