What are your thoughts right now?
Are you aware of the thoughts, the memories, expectations, worries, doubts, concerns, judgments that may pop in your mind just now?
Our mind is very FULL most of the time....this is tiring and draining. And in a long term makes us sleepless and ill.
In our culture we are taught to plan, memorize and reflect. These are useful and necessary.... But there is a very important function of the mind that is neglected: the awareness, the ability to be present, to experience the events with dignity, but without expectations and overwhelming emotions.
This function is present in each of us. Unfortunately, as it is not much used, it is under developed and we become victims of our thoughts, worries and fears.
Fortunately, our mind is like a muscle and with a bit of practice you can develop the ability to be mindfull: to ride the wave of life without been crashed by its challenges.
“Mindfulness is based on mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT). It is recommended by the UK’s National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) and is as effective as drugs for preventing depression. But, more important, it also works for the rest of us who aren’t depressed but who are struggling to keep up with the constant demands of the modern world”.
Mark Williams, Danny Penman – Mindfulness, a practical guide to finding peace in a frantic world.
Mindfulness is a way of paying attention to the present moment, using techniques like meditation, breathing and exercises. It helps us to become more aware of our thoughts and feelings so that instead of being overwhelmed by then, we are better able to manage them.
Practicing mindfulness can give people more insight into their emotions, boost their attention and concentration and improve relationships. It is proven to help with stress, anxiety, depression and addictive behaviours, and can even have a positive effect on physical problems like hypertension, heart disease and chronic pain.
Anyone can learn mindfulness. It’s simple, you can practice it anywhere, and the result can be life changing.
Coltivating a Mindful attitude can help you to: