Reflagging a Post: “Mindfulness: The Basics”

Good description of mindfulness practice and it’s benefits. I would add that mindfulness “in action” can be beneficial. Doing activities that you do on a regular basis anyway, such as walking somewhere, doing the dishes, brushing your teeth, or eating a meal and practicing mindfulness is a great way to incorporate this practice in your daily life. Also trying to remember not to multitask and to do one thing at a time and slow down is part of this practice…

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Mindfulness: The Basics

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Defining Mindfulness

Mindfulness, or present moment awareness, is a mind-body practice derived from Zen Buddhist teachings and meditation techniques. It is both a meditation technique and a way of life, where the practitioner learns to pay deliberate attention to the unfolding present moment, without making judgments about whatever experience comes into awareness. Instead, as a mindfulness practitioner, you learn to cultivate an attitude of openness and acceptance to whatever emerging experience you become aware of.

 

Besides formal meditation sessions, mindfulness can also be cultivated through partaking regularly in slow ritualised body movements like yoga, tai chi or chi qong. In a mindful state, the mind ceases to operate on habitual auto-pilot, and thinking slows – your brain stops the incessant chatter. Furthermore, the mind also gives up the tendency to dwell on past events – including what happened 5 minutes ago as well as contemplating…

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