Mindfulness is 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.
It involves paying attention to our thoughts, emotions and sensations in a non-judgmental manner, allowing us to become more aware of our inner experiences and respond to them in a more effective way. This practice can improve our overall well-being and help to reduce symptoms of stress, anxiety, and depression. When you are focused on this moment, you are neither worrying about the future or regretting the past.
Mindfulness can be practiced in various ways, such as through meditation, breathing exercises, or simply paying attention to our daily activities with a conscious awareness. It has been shown to have a positive impact on both physical and mental health, by reducing stress, improving sleep and mood, and increasing self-awareness and compassion. If you find your self getting distracted, stop for a moment and notice the smells, the feels, the colors, the sounds around you. Getting yourself grounded in the present moment is easily done by paying attention to your senses.
The benefits of mindfulness can be experienced by anyone, regardless of age or lifestyle. It is a simple and accessible technique that can be practiced anywhere and at any time, making it a convenient and effective way to improve our overall health and happiness. You can learn from Pollyanna to focus on what is good instead of focusing on what you don’t like about this present moment.
However, mindfulness is not a one-time solution, but rather a lifelong practice. It takes time, patience, and effort to develop a mindfulness habit, but the rewards are well worth it. With consistent practice, mindfulness can help us to lead a more fulfilling and meaningful life, and can greatly enhance our relationships with others and the world around us.
Mindfulness is a powerful tool for personal growth and well-being. By training our minds to be more aware and present, we can learn to live in the moment and enjoy life to the fullest.
Being happy is a choice, so c’mon get happy!
Action step: Make a conscious effort to watch your comments and mood and choose to see the good, the beauty, what’s working.