Mindfulness is bringing awareness to the present moment without judgment. We are just beginning to understand the benefits of mindfulness. According to the Mayo Clinic, the benefits include:
- Reduced stress, anxiety and depression
- Less negative thinking and distraction
- Improved mood
- Reduced inflammation in the body (inflammation is believed to be linked to heart disease and cancer)
3 SIMPLE STEPS
1. BREATHE WITH INTENTION
Here’s an easy way to put this into practice. Sit in a comfortable, upright position (not while driving). If you are sitting in a chair, place both feet on the floor. Close your eyes. After you close your eyes, you’ll be better able to focus on your breathing. As you breathe in, think, “I am breathing in” and as you breathe out, think, “I am breathing out.” Do this ten times. It will connect you and your breath to the present moment.
2. BE CHILDISH
We expect our children to act like adults, overlooking what they can teach us about the value of looking at the world with the mindset of a child. Spend time with a young child to gain this perspective. My children often forced me to stop and look at the world with awe and imagination. I have kept a journal of my some of my favorite moments, like the time my youngest son pointed up at the sky with his big two-year old eyes and said, “airplane scratching the sky!"
3. ATTEND TO YOUR SENSES
This step is simple and effective. You can practice it after step one. Close your eyes and focus 10 breaths on each of the five senses. You will have to open you eyes for your 10 breaths focusing on sight. Finish with 10 breaths paying attention to all five senses.
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