What is Mindfulness?
Mindfulness involves becoming aware of what is happening in the present moment without judgement. Usually, then you have an experience, your mind jumps to judging the experience, e.g., good or bad, pleasant or unpleasant, expected or unexpected. Mindful awareness is simply noticing what is here without elaborating on it or going into a big story about it.
What are the Benefits of Mindfulness?
The payoff for developing these mindfulness tools is significant. Primarily, you will develop a greater sense of acceptance of yourself and your life. You will cultivate the mindset that there is a lot more right with you than there is wrong with you. You will acquire a set of tools that apply to all aspects of your life. More specifically, scientific studies have demonstrated that mindfulness programs can help:
- Reduce anxiety and psychological stress
- Decrease mood disturbances like depression, anger and confusion
- Reduce the experience of pain
- Reduce headache activity
- Regulate blood pressure
- Regulate sleep
- Support weight management
- Improve your immune system
- Improve memory and attention
- Improve health-related quality of life and well-being
- Mostly, these skills support you in living a happier and healthier life.
Please feel welcome to listen to this guided meditation. It is intended to help you cultivate kindness towards yourself and others. We all face challenges in life, and we often are hard on ourselves when we experience challenges. Self-compassion allows us to meet our difficulties with greater kindness and less elf-criticism so we can decrease our suffering in the midst of life’s ups and downs.
How do you learn to be mindful?
Mindfulness training can take a number of forms, including sitting meditation, mindful movement, walking meditation, breathing exercises, etc. These are considered formal practices.
Domonick provides mp3s of guided meditations to help you practice these techniques at home.
You also can become more mindful through informal practices. This involves bringing mindful awareness to everyday activities. For example, usually when you brush your teeth, your mind is not on tooth brushing, but it runs off into the past and future to review and plan things. You can, however, redirect your attention to what is happening in the moment, and simply focus on the act of brushing teeth. Noticing that you can choose to place your attention where you want it at anytime is a central tenet of mindfulness. The more you practice choosing your attentional focus, the better you get at controlling your attention.