How To Practice Mindfulness

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To begin practicing mindfulness you first need to have a basic understanding of what mindfulness is. 

Mindfulness is simply being completely present in your own life in this moment in time. It is a rejuvenation of spirit, mind, and body for a short period of time, that leads to us seeing things as they really are, not as our mind or heart perceives them to be. 

Of course this is just a very basic definition of what mindfulness is, but understanding that mindfulness leads to both self-awareness and awareness of the world around us should allow you to take the first steps in practicing mindfulness. 

Here are a three ways you can practice this unique art of self-healing:



  • Just breathe
Find a quiet and comfortable spot to sit with your eyes closed. Begin taking deep breaths in and out concentrating solely on each and every breath. 

Allow all thoughts and feelings to drift away as you concentrate on your breathing. 

Start out by simply concentrating on your breathing for 3 minutes or so. Over time try to extend your breathing exercise to 10 minutes. 

Once all of your thoughts and feelings have drifted away, slowly allow yourself to become aware of the sounds, and how your body feels. 

Slowly open your eyes and view those things in your immediate line of vision. Simply focus on one thing noting everything you observe about it. 


Practicing this breathing technique will help to relax you, calm those racing thoughts, and allow you to actually feel and experience your body and those things around you in a new light. 

The more often you engage in this breathing exercise the more astute your will become to the rhythm of your own body and the world in general.



  • Focus on the MomentHow to Practice Mindfulness
So much of our time is spent dwelling on the past or worrying about the future that we fail to really notice what is going on in the present. 

A great mindfulness exercise for learning to focus on the moment is to simply take a walk and focus on each and every step, the way your body moves with each step, the feel of sunlight on your shoulders, and the breeze on your face. 

Not only do people find that focusing on the moment helps them to clear their mind, but also helps them to experience a feeling of true contentment and happiness. 


  • Learn to Feel Appreciation and GratitudeH

Oftentimes, people both adults and children get so caught up in achieving a certain goal, or concentrating on the things that they want but don't have in their life, that they overlook all of those wonderful things they do have and have achieved. 

Learning to take a few moments each day to feel genuine appreciation for those good things in life such as health, family, and friends allows you to really take note of just how full and happy your life really is. 

When you learn to appreciate and feel true gratitude for what you do have, then those things that you don't have in your life take a more realistic place, and no longer become the sole driving influence that causes you to become frustrated or unhappy.


Practicing mindfulness only takes a few minutes of commitment on your part, but it can change the way you view yourself, others, and the world around you allowing you to lead a happier and more fulfilled life.


  • What Is your Favorite Mindfulness Practice?
Please share your thoughts in the comment section below!

 


 

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