Mindfulness is a hot topic at the moment. But are you still wondering what it’s all about, and how it can benefit you?
Life is busy, and it seems to be getting busier. We seem to be doing things faster than ever before to keep up. And that causes us to get stressed or to feel like we can’t stop, even for a second, to catch our breath.
And if, in your work, you are caring and supporting others, you may find you never have time for yourself.
But does it really have to be this way? What about right now, this very moment that we are experiencing? This is the only thing we have complete control over. We can feel less stressed and therefore have a far more positive impact on those around us.
So firstly, what is mindfulness? Mindfulness is bringing our attention to what we are doing right now in this very moment, rather than letting our minds wander off to the past or the future.
When we are not mindful we get swept along, not fully engaged in what’s going on, so things just happen to us, and often not in the way we want.
But when we bring our full focus and attention to the present moment we give ourselves choices in the moment, and have an opportunity to powerfully change the way things play out.
How do I become more mindful? We can make a start by being fully engaged in this moment. You can start right now, reading this newsletter.
The next time you are having a conversation with someone notice where your attention goes. Does your mind wander off? Or are you focusing on everything the other person is saying? Are you aware of what’s going on around you? The people, the noises, the smells? How are you feeling?
Every passing moment provides an opportunity for us to be mindful.
And how will mindfulness make a difference to me? There are so many great benefits to mindfulness.
We feel like we are going slower, but we still get things done!
We start to let go of the stress and anxiety that so many of us feel on a day to day basis.
Our focus becomes sharper.
Our relationships with others, and of course ourselves, naturally starts to change for the better too.
We experience fewer conflicts and we start to experience more balance.
And of course we give our minds a well earned rest!
Who doesn’t want more of that?!
Mindfulness is not something we ‘do’ but it is more a state of ‘being’. As we practice we become more aware of our actions and our reactions to certain people and situations, so that we can change them for the better…..
What happens when I forget and get caught up again in the busyness of everyday life? Sometimes we do fall off the band wagon. But don’t worry, it’s part of the process and it takes a little practice.
The second you realise that your mind has become distracted, you are being mindful. Simply remind yourself to come back to the present moment. It’s a bit of a cycle. We are mindful. We get distracted. We realise we are distracted. We become mindful again…. and so it continues.
This is how it is for me. And over time I have become quicker and quicker at noticing when I’m mindful and when I’m not. I’m certainly not perfect at it, but I have definitely got better! I am less stressed and anxious about what I can’t control, I approach things with a calmer attitude and I have better relationships than I have ever had before. I no longer take hours to fall asleep because I can’t switch off. The benefits are endless!
Are you interested in finding out more about Mindfulness and how it can help you and the work you do? I offer 5 FREE mindfulness coaching sessions every month in London. To reserve a place before they book up, CLICK HERE.