By the Nurtured Life Tribe

Everyone seems to have a slightly different way of defining what mindfulness means to them. Though, within each individual definition, the main concept holds true – mindfulness is about being aware of the present moment. Mindfulness is about slowing down, letting go of the daily juggle and replacing it with monotasking (focusing on one thing at a time).

The world around us is ripe with distractions and choices. We struggle to shut off after a long day of work. We are constantly switched on through our tech devices and digital media. Multitasking has become the norm and this leads to excess stress, poor sleep patterns, frustration and depression, just to name a few. To shift from a multi-tasking to monotasking mindset, you can try this simple exercise at any time during the day, even while you are sitting at your desk:

  1. Take your shoes off and place your feet on the floor.
  2. Close your eyes.
  3. Sit with your back straight up against the back of your chair.
  4. Breath deeply. Now notice the feeling, tension and stretch in you back as you shift from a relaxed to straight position.
  5. Repeat this a few times, tightening and relaxing your back muscles.
  6. Now open your eyes and take a deep breath as you transition back your activities.

By taking time each day to slow down and be present in each moment, we give our brains a chance to refresh and recharge.

Practicing mindfulness every day, or whenever possible, allows us to truly wake up. So, what are you waiting for? Give mindfulness a try and watch the positive changes unfold. 

One comment on "What is mindfulness?"

  1. Mindfulness means paying attention to what is presently occurring, with kindness and curiosity.

    Actually, mindfulness begins with learning to focus on the moment. but ultimately becomes about connecting with the awareness that is conscious of whatever we experience -that is, what is looking through your eyes and feeling through
    your skin right now.

    Once we learn to pay attention, we can start to discern both what we are aware of in each
    moment and what it is that is aware. Getting in touch with this awareness, we start to notice that while what it is aware of changes from moment to moment, the awareness itself remains unchanged.

    Furthermore, if we pay close attention to it we will notice that it has an innate quality of acceptance and openness to whatever is experienced. We get in
    touch with a space that is bigger than anything that we experience, and which is therefore able to hold it without being overwhelmed.

    And when we bring this open and accepting awareness to ourselves and others, we tend to act and relate with more compassion and care. We become gentler and kinder and our relationships start to change.

    And as we become able to sense this clear, open awareness in each moment, we become able to maintain emotional equilibrium in any situation.

    With mindfulness practice, we can overcome distractions and over-thinking, and live more calmly and clearly in the present moment. We can feel kinder and more curious about others.

    We spend less time worrying about the future or fixating on the past and can allow unhelpful thoughts to simply pass by so we can focus on the task at hand.

    This reduces stress, anxiety and depression. Over time better focus and attention helps build resilience and wellbeing.

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