The quality or state of being conscious or aware of something.
“their mindfulness of the wider cinematic tradition”
A mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations, used as a therapeutic technique.
Before Mindfulness became a fad, I was introduced to the concept of being mindful by my Mum. She would tell me to start with bringing moment to moment attention to little daily activities, such as when I was brushing my teeth, having a shower or eating a meal. She would tell me to focus totally on what I was doing. Every movement, sensations, smell, texture, light reflections, temperature (cold, warm, hot), pleasant, unpleasant. After time we started implementing more and more steps into my daily life so I could be present and in the moment.
The Benefits of Mindfulness:
- to be fully present in the moment
- to become aware of what you’re avoiding
- to become more connected to yourself, to others and to the world around you
- to increase self-awareness
- to learn the distinction between you and your thoughts
- to have more direct contact with the world, rather than living through your thoughts
- to learn that thoughts and feelings come and go
- to have more balance in life
- to experience more calm and peacefulness
- to develop self-acceptance and self-compassion
Beyond the many hats my mum wears, she is also a meditation and mindfulness practitioner. I am extremely lucky and blessed to have her as my teacher and influence.
Every Thursday morning for the next 12 weeks I am going to release a series my mum put together called‘Maximise Your Happiness Through Mindfulness.’ Some of you may have since and followed this many years ago, so for those it doesn’t hurt to refresh your mind and deepen your practice. My mum will teach, inspire and guide you through your mindfulness journey so you can life in the present and experience moments you may be letting pass you by.
Stay tuned for week one next Saturday.