What is mindfulness? Can it positively affect my body, and are there benefits to mindfulness? These are questions that many people ask when someone brings up the word mindfulness in a conversation. At times, this might be difficult for some who often drift off into their mind and lose touch with their body and think about something that could lead to stress and a change in your mood/emotions.
You’d be surprised at how much training it takes to be mindful—and the impact that training yourself to be mindful can have on your body, mind, and how you react in certain situations. Since beginning my mediation journey and diving into mindfulness and what it means, it has changed my outlook on my mind and how I read things and situations.
Incorporating mindfulness practices into your everyday routine can be beneficial towards you and other everyday situations that you are in. This all begins with meditation because meditation is like a training ground for learning mindfulness.
When you’re meditating, you are practicing the focus of the mind for a period of time. You are at the beginning stages of practicing for that present moment, aka mindfulness. Then over time and regular practice and doing mindfulness meditating, you are practicing becoming more in that present moment and having that ability to be present throughout the day and every day.
Here is a mini meditation session from Headspace to help acquire mindfulness:
Everyone can learn mindfulness, and everyone has the quality of mindfulness; it’s not something that a certain percentage of people have. You have to learn to access it within your mind.
There are many practices, techniques, and mindfulness meditations that you can do and incorporate into your everyday routine. Even things such as breathing and doing breathing exercises can be you practicing mindfulness.
Now practicing mindfulness isn’t going to make all of your problems disappear entirely. Still, it can reduce stress, and level up your performance and open yourself up to being more aware and be more observant of your mind. You are becoming more aware of those emotions and feelings and taking control and knowing how to handle those emotions or whatever is causing you to destress. Instead of acting on impulse, you are being mindful of your actions and being aware of your actions.
Becoming mindful and incorporating mindful mediations into your routine can lead to heightened levels of happiness, patience, acceptance, compassion, and lower levels of stress, frustration, and sadness.
As someone who practices it daily and during a worldwide pandemic, I can tell that my actions are different from before, and my mind and body are calm and even feel a sense of relief.