Mindfulness for Stress Reduction
Mindfulness is important to help you manage your stress, improve your well being and allow yourself to enjoy your life. Mindfulness is described as the quality or state of being conscious or aware of something. Mindfulness is a mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and sensations. Whenever stress plays a role in life, mindfulness meditation can have a potential role in its relief.
The mind is fully attending to what’s happening, to each action and the movement. If you think about how much you physically and mentally do throughout the day, it’s important to give the mind a break. And to do that, you need to allow the mind to be the mind. To be mindful is to be fully present, paying attention without judgment and without reacting.
How do you cultivate mindfulness for stress reduction?
One way is to meditate. Start by focusing your attention on your breathing. There’s no right or wrong way, but just acknowledging how the body is breathing and if there are other sensations or feelings associated with the body. Mindfulness mediation can be beneficial with as little as five minutes a day. If you have a stressful time of day, think about setting aside five minutes before and after that event. Afterwards it will help you deal with stress, anxiety, negative emotion while sharpening the ability to concentrate. Close your eyes, sit in a comfortable position, focus on your breathing, observe the body and acknowledge the sensations that come to mind. Allow your thoughts to flow. This will help slow down the mind. Mindfulness does not depend on what is happening, but is about how we relate to what is happening.
Another way to create mindfulness for stress reduction is to take a walk through nature. When you are being aware of the life within you and around you, you are being mindful of this present moment, and it will always calm you down. Nature provides some basic sensations to our mind and body that has always caused calmness and peacefulness. Acknowledge the trees, the leaves, the birds and squirrels all productively moving through their course. Focus on the state of serenity and clear mental focus. Nature will show the simplicity in our receptivity and curiosity as we pause to discover and apply the wisdom of the earth.
Pick a convenient but consistent time during the day so your body will become trained to fully engage mindful meditation. Five minutes is a great start, but try to work up to fifteen minutes per day. Schedule it on a calendar to ensure you stick with it. Within just a few weeks, successful mindful meditation will lead to a more positive outlook, a greater appreciation for everything loved in life and a more grounded overall well being.
By simply listening and being aware of what is around you, you will connect greater to life. By letting your senses and sensations become present it will assist the mind to distance yourself from emotions, making it it almost possible to let go of them. Of course, this ultimate bliss takes time and practice.
Mindfulness recognizes and cultivates the best of who we are as human beings. Ultimately learning to become more present without judgement will lead to a more resilient, flexible and creative life path. Mindful meditation gives anybody who pursues it an opportunity to look within for a sense of abundance, depth, accepting and connected life.