Mindfulness: We hear this term quite often today. What is it about Mindfulness that resonates so much with society today? First let me give a working definition of Mindfulness.
Mindfulness means maintaining a moment-by-moment awareness of our thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, and surrounding environment. Basically, we do not even know how beneficial it is to sit still, read a book, or analyze our thoughts. By the latter I mean just knowing what makes us “tick,” and to achieve this one needs to know how to quiet the mind. The aim: to stay present.
Mindfulness also means that we do not judge ourselves, we just let ourselves be, in the present, what we feel now, what is important now. There is no judgment of past mistakes and ow does the practice of Mindfulness affect our very being? It is good for our bodies, it helps boost the immune system. By staying present and concentrating on the now, studies show that people that practice Mindfulness reduce their negative emotions and stress. Mindfulness can even change our brains by increasing brain cells in the areas linked to memory, learning, empathy and helps people to regulate emotions. And of course, by concentrating on the present, you are able to tune out distractions, when there are so many in the environment around us. It can even help you lose weight by slowing down when you eat. Therefore giving your stomach regulators the chance to trigger when you are really full. The best part about the former is that FOOD tastes better due to the fact that you are simply giving time for your taste buds to detect flavors.
Mindfulness is a practice, like yoga, that needs daily tending. Quiet down and surround yourselves with self-love and reflection. The love that the Universe has to offer, including that of others will come, naturally.