“When we practice mindfulness…we more fully become who we already are.”
Do you want to live in a world where overwhelm, overworked and too busy are no longer your normal or part of your everyday life?
On this episode, I share what mindfulness is, what it isn’t and why you may want to make a mindfulness practice a part of your life.
What is mindfulness?
As you may remember from episode one, mindfulness is simply living a life of notice. It’s a practice of thinking and being where you are and noticing events, thoughts, emotions, and sensations in a neutral way.
What mindfulness isn’t
Mindfulness isn’t complicated. There is no one specific way to practice mindfulness. There are general starting points that work for a lot of people but this is not another place where you will have a checklist and a gold star once you have completed your task.
It’s not just about meditation. Meditation whether through breathing or repeating a mantra can be helpful for some people, but it is not the only way to practice mindfulness.
And it’s not about becoming someone else other than who you are. Practicing mindfulness and self-awareness helps you grow into more of who you already are. When you practice mindfulness you heighten the strengths that are already in you and become more aware of the places where you get tripped up.
Mindfulness is not about spacing out or escaping. You don’t have to sit on a mountaintop somewhere in a yoga pose watching the sunset to practice mindfulness. Escaping is not the goal! Mindfulness is about showing up in your day-to-day life in an authentic way.
Related to the last point, Mindfulness isn’t always about doing things slowly or quietly. Sometimes you will be called to mindfully move faster. To listen, and take decisive and tuned-in action.
So why as a busy parent, entrepreneur or side-hustler, is mindfulness important to you?
The benefits of mindfulness are numerous, and the researchers are finding new benefits frequently. Some of the advantages that stand out to me the most are:
- Decreased stress
- Less irritability
- Less argumentative and defensive
- A decrease in restless sleeping
- Less self-critical and less critical of others
- Have an easier time concentrating, increased productivity
- Improved physical health including lowered blood pressure and reduced or eliminated headaches and migraines
- Lower levels of anxiety and depression
- Overall higher levels of brain functioning
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