Mindfulness is a technique that is used in psychology that has roots in eastern philosophy. Mindfulness is aimed at cultivating awareness of the present moment and with acceptance, rather than judgement. Mindfulness can occur in a meditation format or when we undertake daily activities.
During mindfulness you simply focus on the present, and do not judge your thoughts. You can do this by sitting in a meditation position and focusing only on your body (notice your muscles, your breathing). If a thought or image intrudes into your mind, notice that it has occurred, and slowly let the thought pass through your mind without judgement (it is difficult to stay in the present moment - don't let intrusive thoughts stress you). Slowly bring your attention back to the present.
You can apply mindfulness to many aspects of your life. Here is a list of activities that you may try. Pick 3 activities to try over the next week:
A long video that talks about the benefits of mindfulness
Do you enjoy the present moment or are you using that time to think about the past and future?
In what 'time zone' do you live?
Relaxation stream courtesy of UCLA's Mindful Awareness Research Center
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