Are you Curious about Mindfulness?
The purpose of this post is to provide those of you curious about what mindfulness is and why you might want to consider practicing mindfulness in your life with some links that provide some clear explanations and benefits.
Rather than risk information overload, I have purposely limited the number of links so that you have access to slices of clear and useful insights.
What is mindfulness? What are the benefits
In this busy, hyper connected world we live in it’s all too easy to lose ourselves in autopilot for much of the day….every day.
Living this way we often fail to notice the beauty of life, fail to hear what our bodies are telling us and we all too often become stuck in mechanical conditioned ways of thinking and living that may be harmful to ourselves or others.
On autopilot we tend to get lost in ‘doing’ so we find ourselves constantly striving and struggling and ‘getting stuff done’ instead of really living.
We also become vulnerable to anxiety, stress, depression and reactivity. Research shows, in fact, that the more our minds wander, the less happy we are (1).
--Mrs. Mindfulness (Melli O’Brien)
These two links will give you a very clear explanation as to what mindfulness is, and isn’t!
How Do I get started with mindfulness?
Mindfulness is available to us in every moment, whether through meditations and body scans, or mindful moment practices like taking time to pause and breathe when the phone rings instead of rushing to answer it. –mindful.org
Meditation and Mindfulness
In addition to providing some tips on how to meditate, this pdf is also a wonderful resource to explain what mindfulness is and isn’t.
Trouble shooting guide for mindfulness meditation
This link will provide you with an excellent PDF which provides you with all sorts of good tips to help you as you are learning to meditate.
It is from Seph Fontane Pennock https://positivepsychologyprogram.com/
I hope you find these useful. The most comforting advice I ever received is that when it comes to mindfulness there is no “state” to achieve or place to get to with your practice. We are already exactly where we need to be. We are already mindful beings, we just need to learn how to become aware of it.
My next post is called Chatter and discusses the relationship of our incessant 24-hour news cycle brains and mindfulness. As well, I present my most recent artwork with celebrates our ability to observe rather than react to our mindless brain chatter and how that becomes a game changer in our relationships, both within and without. If you’d like to make sure to receive it, please join the community.
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