What is Mindfulness and How to Be Mindful?

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You might have heard of mindfulness but have you wondered what is it all about and why has it become so popular? You might have even practiced various methods of mindfulness knowingly or unknowingly. Mindfulness is a mental state which is achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings and sensations of the body as a technique to become relaxed. 

Mindfulness is a very healthy way to manage your mind and emotions and it is often used to become meditative. It can have many positive benefits such as reducing stress, anxiety, depression and also help you to better cope with the many situations that you may encounter in your life. 

Here are a few tips about mindfulness:

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How to do Mindfulness Meditation:

One of the original standardized programs for mindfulness meditation is the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program, developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD (who was a student of Buddhist monk and scholar Thich Nhat Hanh). MBSR focuses on awareness and attention to the present. Other simplified, secular mindfulness meditation interventions have been increasingly incorporated into medical settings to treat stress, pain, insomnia, and other health conditions.

Learning mindfulness meditation is straightforward, however, a teacher or program can help you as you start (particularly if you’re doing it for health purposes). Some people do it for 10 minutes, but even a few minutes every day can make a difference. Here is a basic technique for you to get started:

  1. Find a place to sit comfortably. Sit relaxed without resting your head.
  2. Stay in the present and do not think about the past or the future.
  3. Pay attention to your breath and the way it is moving in your lungs.
  4. Watch how your mind is working and watch every thought that comes into your mind. 
  5. Focus on both your thoughts and your breath. 
  6. Carry the feeling of this meditation with you. 
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