Mindfulness in simple words is an idea of learning how to be fully present and engaged at the moment. It is being aware of your thoughts and feelings without distraction or being judgmental. In other words, it is being fully attentive towards present experience, including body sensations, thoughts, memories, and emotions. A more scientific definition is, “A state of psychological freedom that occurs when attention is quiet and limber, without attachment to any particular point of view”.
How Difficult Is It To Practice Mindfulness?
You will be surprised to know that the human mind is designed to be mindful at all times. It takes energy and effort for it not to be mindful. Unfortunately, we spend a lot of effort to make it unstable and wonder about it being judgmental or unconnected.
Mindfulness is very simple to achieve. Only lack of knowledge and know-how about mindfulness makes it sound difficult to achieve. We do experience mindfulness many times during the day. You may recall a moment where you are watching a show and someone calls your name or the doorbell rings. But you are so much engrossed or focused at the moment that your mind is just not ready to be anywhere else even for a moment. Well! You have been mindful in that moment.
Mindfulness And Meditation
Mindfulness and meditation are connected. It will be right to say that mindfulness strengthens meditation effort, whereas meditation delivers the benefits of mindfulness to your internal ecosystem. Mindfulness can be applied to any situation anywhere, meditation is applied for a specific time to calm the mind and deliver benefits of mindfulness to the body as a whole. Mindfulness enables us to be aware of what is happening within and around us. Meditation although starts with being aware but wants us to achieve a state of being aware of nothing.
Example Of Application Of Mindfulness
- The most common practice taught worldwide is to focus on your breath. It sometimes also involve body sensations while breathing in and breathing out.
- Many preach and practice to focus on an object or image of a person. Various meditation teachers promote focusing on the ‘Guru’, image of God, flame (diya), crystal or objects which hold a spiritual place in the belief.
- Chanting mantras is also practiced in which the complete attention is focused towards the mantra. Many a times mantra is synchronized with breath to achieve mindful meditation.
- People resort to many other actions to reduce external stimuli which disturb focus and hence achieve mindful meditation. Touching tongue with palate, focusing in the middle of two eyebrows with eyes closed, sitting in a dark place with no light or sound etc. are among few practices being followed worldwide.
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program
University of Massachusetts Medical center developed a Mindful Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program that focuses upon progressive acquisition of mindful awareness of mindfulness. The program combines various methods of mindfulness along with Yoga to deliver considerable relief both in chronic and acute stress and anxiety cases.
A Word From H2FCare
It is not difficult to practice mindfulness and meditation. Focus on:
- Mind and body in the moment
- Delink thoughts and memories from speculations.
- Be non-judgmental
- Practice serenity and clarity in each moment.
- Practice joyful living and smile more often