Mindfulness: What Is It and How to Practice It?

Practicing mindfulness may help you relax, concentrate, work through obstacles and fears, set up healthy strategies and increase your productivity.

Mindfulness is a human capacity that allows us to be fully aware of the present moment while being in a skillful and kind relationship with our thoughts emotions and the world around us i.e., where we are, what we’re doing, and how we react to the elements around us. While everyone’s got mindfulness in them, practicing it on a daily basis can help you get in touch with your inner self and in doing so deal with everyday life and tough times easier. Moreover, practicing mindfulness may help you relax, concentrate, work through obstacles and fears, set up healthy strategies and increase your productivity.

Here are a few tips to build mindfulness:

Concentrate on the Present Moment

Mindfulness in large part is a brain exercise and, just like all other brain-training, it takes discipline and consistent practice “to be present” observe everything around you for a moment and figure out what’s happening. Be aware of your breathing – is it slow or fast? Are you feeling overwhelmed by observing things around you or are you calm? What can you smell? Do the sunrays feel good on your face? How do you feel? When you start focusing your mind on things around you, you’ll be less likely to let your thoughts go to any future or past moments and potentially cause you anxiety, sadness or any other harmful feeling.

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Use Mindfulness to Work Through Your Fears

Mindfulness meditation (being aware of your thoughts without slaving to them) is the best way to get one on one with your fears and deal with them. In learning to become more present with your fears (real or perceived) without energizing them with additional reactive thoughts and emotions, they start to lose their power over you. When you are focused on the present moment, fears have much less of a chance to control you.

Leave Labels Behind

Consciously or unconsciously we slave to labels and judgments; the moment we see something our mind immediate tags it as “good” or “bad” and evokes the emotion related to that adjective in a second. If you are walking down the street and see five cars we think are “ugly,” our mind will immediately read unhappy, frustrating emotions. While on your mindfulness journey, try not to be so judgmental of everything around you. Yes, stripping the labels down is tricky but the more you practice, the better. Instead, notice things and let them be.

Consciously or unconsciously we slave to labels and judgments; the moment we see something our mind immediate tags it as “good” or “bad” and evokes the emotion related to that adjective in a second. If you are walking down the street and attempt to smile at and say hello to a stranger only to be ignored, there’s a good chance our mind will go into judgement mode and react with unhappy, frustrating emotions. While on your mindfulness journey, try not to be so judgmental of everything around you. Yes, stripping the labels down is tricky but the more you practice, the better. Instead, notice things and let them be.

Use Mindfulness to put your now-life into focus and concentrate your efforts on improving it.

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