What is Mindfulness ?
You probably heard about the power of mindfulness to help us feel less stressed and improve the quality of our mental health.
But how can we actually practice it to get the most of the benefits??
Mindfulness means maintaining a moment-by-moment awareness of our thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, and surrounding environment, through a gentle, nurturing lens.
Mindfulness also involves acceptance, meaning that we pay attention to our thoughts and feelings without judging them.
When we practice mindfulness, our thoughts tune into what we’re sensing in the present moment rather than rehashing the past
or imagining the future.
How can we practice mindfulness?
The first step of practicing mindfulness is becoming more and more present with whatever you think about, speak, and do.
Paying attention to your inner universe and seeing what is happening inside,
but also paying attention to the outer world and looking at it from the space of observation, instead of judgment and labeling.
- Consistent practice of meditation releases stress and anxiety and helps us ground ourselves deeper in the NOW.
- Taking deep breaths, connecting to the inner space with every inhale and exhale,
removing any heaviness from the body and mind, and coming back to the space of awareness.
- Slow and conscious movement, like yoga, dancing, stretching, even going for a walk with the awareness in the body and in the breath, staying open to whatever comes to the surface, staying open to the energy of love, gratitude and appreciation for the present moment.
~~ All the practices mentioned above can be your space of mindfulness,
whatever you do, whatever you think about, and whatever you talk about - if you do it from the space of awareness = can be your practice of mindfulness.
(Also remember that MINDFUL is the opposite of MIND FULL - in the practice of mindfulness we are releasing the constant talk of the mind, releasing all the thoughts and worries and unnecessary things that often make our minds full, instead we are coming to the space of emptiness, yet still staying full from within.
Some of the benefits of practicing mindfulness:
💙 improved focus, and better efficiency
💙 feeling calmer and more peaceful during the day
💙 managing mood swings
💙 relieving stress and anxiety
💙 dealing with overwhelming thoughts & emotions in healthy ways
💙 releasing physical & mental tension (through Yoga)
💙 feeling more peace in the heart which leads to more work & life satisfaction and better work-life balance
If you are interested in inviting mindfulness and stress-management classes and yoga, meditation + breathing sessions into your life, feel free to GET IN TOUCH with me for more info on 1:1 and group sessions.
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