Here are six tips for learning mindfulness in life. It is the right time to understand that the practice of mindfulness changes your brain structure and will help you to be stress free. Mindfulness is not connected to any cultural or religious beliefs although it did originate in the east and is an ancient Buddhist practice which is being used more and more in the west and more recently in hospitals across the UK. So what does mindfulness mean? Basically it means paying close attention to the present moment. Mindfulness is a form of meditation and can be practiced as a meditation. It can also be used to concentrate on each daily task with more focus. We are all so busy rushing around that we have forgotten to enjoy the little things in life. Sometimes when we drive from one place to another we cannot remember how we got from A to B. This is due to too many thoughts rushing through our head and then we end up on auto-pilot which is not good for us. When we were children we were much more in the moment and took great delight in insects, nature, the sky and generally enjoying the simple things in life. Making buttercup chains, watching butterflies and blowing dandelions are all things we did naturally as a child.
It has been scientifically proven to reduce stress and anxiety and reduce pain and depression. It also increases compassion and a stronger will towards helping other people. See the published excerpt below.
“A recent study published in the BMJ Open by the Oxford Mindfulness Centre (part of the University of Oxford’s department of psychiatry) found that MBCT, which stands for Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy, is based on solid scientific research and can be a powerful aid”.
“NICE (The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) has been recommending it for use since 2005 for use with people who have had depression, to prevent it recurring”.
Take a look at this website which has some useful information along with a few video’s including one from the BBC breakfast program where there is a short discussion on mindfulness by Danny Penman who is co author of “Mindfulness a practical guide to finding peace in a frantic world”
Six tips for learning mindfulness in life
- Getting out of bed in the morning and walking to the kitchen. This is a time and place when we are usually on auto pilot. Be in the moment and enjoy the fact that this is a new day and be aware of the actions needed for you to make your tea or coffee and breakfast.
- When you have your shower be aware of the water temperature and how the water feels on your skin and the smell of the soap or shower gel.
- Walking down the street and looking at the gardens and the smells and sensations you experience.
- If you are driving to work take a different route to change the experience and be in the moment. When you stop for any reason or at traffic lights observe how you feel and relax and enjoy the moment instead of becoming anxious in case you are late.
- If you are making something to eat it is easy to be on auto-pilot. Be aware of any preparation and enjoy the smell and aroma while you make your food.
- When you eat your food be aware again of the smell and how it looks on the plate and the sensation when you chew and eat your food.
If you want to learn further techniques and would like to go deeper into this practice including mindfulness meditation purchase the book “Mindfulness a practical guide to finding peace in a frantic world by Mark Williams and Danny Penman”. With this book you will also receive a mindfulness CD meditation disc so you can practice the technique yourself at home.
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