Mindfulness is a skill you can develop. With mindfulness you learn to deal with stress and difficult situations more effectively. You experience more balance and peace in your life.
Mindfulness takes you out of your autopilot. A lot of activities, like driving home, showering or cooking, you do on routine. Everything gets done, but in the meantime your mind is with what still has to be done tomorrow or what you could have done better yesterday. You live your life without being aware and that’s a shame!
When practicing mindfulness you switch from ‘doing’ to ‘being’. You leave your burdens for what they are and only pay attention to your experience of this moment. You practice to focus your attention in a special way: on your current thoughts, your physical sensations and your emotions. You learn to put your inner critic aside and look at yourself and your reactions objectively, mildly and with an open mind.
This tells you more about your automatisms, patterns and the pitfalls you step into every time. That isn’t always easy, but it teaches you to make a conscious choice to do things differently. By practicing mindfulness, you can concentrate better and you get more control over your own life. Additionally, you will experience more fun and enjoy the small moments throughout your day.
Research shows that mindfulness lowers your blood pressure, reduces chronic pain and anxiety and helps to fight depression. It has also been confirmed that mindfulness ensures a higher quality of life. Not only do you feel less stressed, the level of the stress hormone cortisol already drops at 12.5 minutes of meditation per day.
Would you like to learn more about mindfulness? Do the mindfulness training or check out my meditations and some useful apps.
During the mindfulness training you train your attention. Attention is like a muscle. The more you train it, the stronger it becomes. This allows you to concentrate better and get more control over your life.