Updated: Jan 11, 2019
Mindfulness is an important concept, it is not something new but is becoming a buzz word of sorts. What is mindfulness, really? Is it being able to remember if you left the burners on the stove going after leaving the kitchen? Is it being able to understand the latest report on the news about the economy?
To me, mindfulness is that space between one thought and the next. These thoughts are usually about the future or the past, many times placing emphasis on the present moment brings discomfort and for me a feeling that I am not thinking or doing something I am supposed to be doing. The “supposed to be” mentality for me brings about anxiety, confusion and the feeling that I am always behind in one way or another.
As I have placed some practices in my daily life, some of these feelings have begun to fade. The practices I put into place have increased my awareness to be in the present more often. This greater awareness of my thoughts and emotions has given me the opportunity to be mindful enough to stop what I have always done and what has not been working. And with this make a change of some sort.
Some research has indicated that mindfulness may increase as we age. Research has found that: “When we are younger, we tend to be more focused on the future—thinking about what we want to accomplish, for example, career- and family-wise,” Researchers say. “As we get older, we start to focus more on the present, rather than the future, and think about what we currently have.” As I think about this research and the way the research seems to place emphasis on aging and how mindfulness may increase, I wonder how we keep our mindfulness from a very young age and as we move along in our journeys. For all, with an emphasis on youth, it has been found that, “If greater well-being isn't enough of an incentive, scientists have discovered that mindfulness techniques help improve physical health in a number of ways. Mindfulness can: help relieve stress, treat heart disease, lower blood pressure, reduce chronic pain, improve sleep, and so much more.” Ultimately, all that we do and feel provides the video screen of what we see before us. If you want to be more mindful there is an assortment of practices to try and perhaps incorporate into your daily life. Here are a few that have been helpful in the journey of those seeking more peace, joy and calm in their life. Many of those below I have taken for a spin and even practice on a regular basis today.
Reading:There are so many wonderful books out there, which one to choose usually is the hard question for me. What I end up doing is waiting for the next book to come my way. This has served me well, it either happens through a friend, colleague or family member telling me about a wonderful read. Or a Reiki client talking about a book that has really provided some great messages to them along the way on their journey.
Meditation: This practice can be done is so many ways. It can begin with an app on your phone and/or there are many free YouTube Videos that can guide you through the process. There are local groups or friends that get together to meditate (in this setting there is great energy and fun to be had).
Yoga:This practice really brings the body, mind and spirit together in a unique way. The breathing and concentration provide a platform for greater awareness.
Reiki: The practice, may you be taking part in a treatment or learning how to do this practice on your own body through Reiki I training, there is a combination of energy and mindfulness. To me, when I am working with someone it is like a joint meditation that brings about awareness and opportunity for healing and change.
Massage:This practice, depending upon the practitioner, has physical, spiritual and mindfulness all included. The body holds so much in places, we either know of or start feeling when it becomes overloaded. A massage releases this energy and allows for relaxation and reflection.
Acupuncture:This practice places needles in the skin at places where there are meridians and chakras to begin to balance the “chi” of the body. (Chi = the Chinese word for life force).
Reflexology: This practice is one of my absolute favorites. It can be done either through the feet, face or hands. Each point in these area is connected to our bodies and emotions, as my reflexologist has been explaining. I consistently do reflexology on my feet and love the way it makes me feel and it has increased mindfulness in the connection between mind and body for me.
And so much more, these are just a few to consider. If you want to know where to start, again I would suggest slowing down and listening to the signs around you. There may be people talking at the places you frequent. There may be a sign that catches your attention that suggests so sort of practice. There may be a friend that raves about something they tried – what I believe is this is usually the universe saying, “Give it a shot.” You always have the options of continuing or moving on to trying something else.
What does Mindfulness mean to you? Is there something in 2019 you would like to incorporate to cultivate the mindfulness you would like to see for yourself.
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Much love to you on this journey and remember what Albert Einstein said,
“Life is like riding a bicycle, to keep your balance, you must keep moving.”
Happy 2019 to you and yours.