What does being mindful mean during your week? Learn how to practice mindfulness and access it whenever, wherever, and however you want.
What Does Being Mindful Mean?
I first became interested in the concept of mindfulness when it was brought up in yoga class. I kept hearing about it on podcasts and articles. Turns out I was already using some of the techniques, but it wasn’t until I became aware of the variety and benefits that I learned to be intentional in practicing mindfulness.
Mindfulness is like free therapy. It’s something you can access whenever, wherever, however you want. It’s a regular reminder to be present, purposeful and at peace.
In the busyness of life, it’s hard to take some time to be still.
To be calm.
To be quiet.
And just be.
Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D., co-founder of The Center for Mindful Living, says, “We’ve got to allow ourselves to simplify sometimes. Mindfulness allows us to be intentionally present, unplug and come into the richness of what’s in front of us.”
Researchers at Mindful Magazine found that “When we’re mindful, we reduce stress, enhance performance, gain insight and awareness through observing our own mind, and increase our attention to others’ well-being. Whenever you bring awareness to what you’re directly experiencing via your senses, or to your state of mind via your thoughts and emotions, you’re being mindful. And there’s growing research showing that when you train your brain to be mindful, you’re actually remodeling the physical structure of your brain.”
3 Areas of Mindfulness
If you work mindfulness into your daily routine, then you can reap multiple health benefits. A Harvard Health article found that mindfulness improves your well-being, physical, as well as mental health! For example:
- Being able to enjoy the present moment
- Ability to be fully engaged
- Creates a greater capacity to deal with difficult situations
- Helps you get less caught up in worries or regret
- Ability to form deep connections to others
2. Physical Health
- Helps relieve stress
- Helps treat heart disease
- Lowers blood pressure
- Reduces chronic pain
- Improves sleep
- Aids in digestive issues
3. Mental Health
- Helps with depression, substance abuse, eating disorders
- Helps with couples’ conflicts, anxiety disorders, and OCD
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Before you go, read more posts on mindfulness here:
- How to Meditate
- The Surprising Health Benefits of Journaling
- What I Learned About Being Present from “Meditation and Mindfulness”
- 5 Reasons to Slow Down Your Day
- 5 Ways Jesus Modeled Self-Care in the New Testament
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