Mindfulness – Talking About It Is Not The Same As Doing It.
Could Mindfulness make a difference in your life?
Most people go through their day planning or remembering what they did but don’t often pull over, stick on the hand brake and stop in the here and now to smell the roses and that’s such a loss.
So many people I meet say “I don’t have time to do that, life is just too short and I have so much to do. Ever heard something similar or said that because you are so stressed out?
Well that’s the story most of us create and we ignore it because it’s simpler to just keep going on head down getting on with things the way we usually do hoping we just manage and things improve.
Life can be so hectic or that’s what we believe and have been conditioned to say and yes you read that right! But what if that could be different by doing things differently by being more kind to ourselves?
Lots of people have heard of mindfulness and there are many opinions of mindfulness out there from a lot of people that have never even read a book or been on a training course about mindfulness. So please beware of well meaning ignorant people with advice based on opinions only.
Mindfulness is not going through life constantly floating on a cloud or sitting in bright orange monks robes humming “ommmmm” where you plan nothing because you must live in the here and now!
Mindfulness is a proven scientific approach to greater physical, mental and spiritual well-being that is non religious and secular.
How we approach what we do can be done in a mindful way so as not to add time onto our day. Simple subtle shifts can make profound differences in your life by doing things slightly different and with relative ease.
A simple way to think of the way we do things that work against us is to think of our thoughts like a ping pong ball. The ball goes forward to the future and back to the past a lot right?
This is what’s known as the “doing mode” and has been scientifically proven that our conscious thought is only ever in the present a maximum of 47% which is unhealthy (proven by Harvard University)
To be in the “being mode” which is far more healthy we must be fully present and this has amazing restorative properties.
For me it’s like opening a tap where negative stress and pressure can drain out. But be assured you don’t have to stay consciously present continually.
If you did how would you ever plan anything or remember things?
So please remember talking about mindfulness and actually doing mindfulness are two very different things and can be learned with ease by going on training courses, reading books or youtube videoas to name but a few.
The following video in some way explains how to be more present and not add a second onto your day.
Yes part of mindfulness is non religious meditation but there is also a whole host of other things that make mindfulness easier to do than meditation but they are for other blog posts.
Thanks again for blogging with me on mindfulness and I hope this has helped. So keep tuned in for regular blog posts on mindfulness over the coming months.
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