In today’s often-busy life, it’s all too easy to forget about the simple things and get totally consumed and caught up in living.
Before we know it, we’re feeling burnt out, stressed, stretched to our limits, strained relationships and in severe cases, sick and in bed.
And one practice that helps when it comes to dealing with stress is Mindfulness.
Mindfulness can be defined as “the quality or state of being conscious or aware of something” or “a mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations, used as a therapeutic technique.”
Too often, people confuse mindfulness with switching off and quietening the mind however, in our opinion and experience, mindfulness is NOT about switching off in the slightest – unfortunately, that can’t be done unless it’s the plug in the wall that gets flicked.
For us, and a large focus of our Program, mindfulness is more about having the “mind full of the necessary things,” one at a time, regardless of what those things are, and being at peace with them.
When we simply place our focus on ONE thing, and become totally aware and in tune with it, it brings around a peace of mind and calmness whilst everything else is going on.
Used in combination with a number of other practices, mindfulness is a pretty powerful tool to use in combatting and dealing with stress and other emotional challenges.
It’s not about creating peace and quiet, it’s about being at peace and quiet with the noise going on around you.
It’s about turning down the volume and tuning into YOU.
As we like to say to people – what would you do if left entirely on your own, not relying on anyone or anything else to quiet the mind be it through chatting, dancing, massage, anything else.
Mindfulness is like anything – exercise, nutrition, a new skill – it must be practiced daily and becomes easier with the more you do it.
Incorporating just 5 minutes of mindfulness into your daily routine can make a big difference.