What Is Mindfulness?

In your modern busy life, you constantly multitask. It’s easy to lose awareness of the present moment. As you become lost in your efforts to juggle work, home, finances and other conflicting demands. You often fail to notice the good things about your life, you fail to hear what your body’s telling you, or you become critical of yourself. human minds are easily distracted, looking at past events and trying to work out what’s going to happen in the future is becoming more aware of your thoughts, your feelings and sensations may not sound like an obviously helpful thing to do. However, learning to do this in a way that suspends judgments and self criticism can have an incredibly positive impacts on your life. Mindfulness is a way of seeing things clearly and paying attention to whatever is happening around you. It won’t get rid of life’s pressures, but it can help you respond to them in a calmer manner that benefits your head, your heart and your body. It helps you to recognize and step away from the habits that you’ve got. Often these are unconscious, emotional and physiological reactions to everyday events. Mindfulness provides you with a scientifically researched approach to cultivating clarity, insight, and understanding and practicing mindfulness has its origins in ancient meditation practices. The founder of the modern day mindfulness movement is Jon Kabat Zinn. He founded the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Program at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in the late 1970s. According to Jon Kabat Zinn, mindfulness is paying attention on purpose in the present moment, non judgmentally to the unfolding experience, moment by moment. People have preconceived ideas around mindfulness. But what mindfulness is not is a positive thinking technique. Nor is it a relaxation technique. Mindfulness doesn’t involve going into a trance. And mindfulness is not about trying to blank your mind. Mindfulness is not a religion, nor is mindfulness group therapy. mindlessness is the opposite of mindfulness. And this involves clumsiness and accidents because of carelessness. It’s not about being attentive. It’s thinking about something else which diverts your attention, causing you to break things or spill things. mindlessness is failing to notice subtle or not so subtle feelings, or emotions or physical discomfort or pain and tension within your body. And mindlessness is listening to somebody while doing something else at the same time. mindlessness is getting so focused on goals that you lose touch with what you’re doing right now. mindlessness is forgetting someone’s name as soon as you hear it. It’s about getting lost in your thoughts and feelings. mindlessness is also about being preoccupied with the future, or the past. mindlessness is about eating without being aware of eating so that you don’t taste what you eat. It’s having periods of time where you have difficulty remembering the details of what happened. So effectively, mindlessness is running on autopilot. mindlessness is doing several things at once, rather than focusing on one specific thing at a time. mindlessness is about reacting emotionally in certain ways. mindlessness is about daydreaming, or thinking about other things whilst doing something important. And mindlessness is allowing yourself to get distracted. If you do some or even most of these things at times, then you’re probably a normal member of the human race.