Finding time during the day for mindfulness is essential to mental growth and well being.
the quality or state of being conscious or aware of something.
“their mindfulness of the wider cinematic tradition”
a mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations, used as a therapeutic technique.
Something that’s amazing about being mindful is that you can practice it anywhere. The more you practice, the easier it become.
You can practice whenever you have down time at work, school, home, etc. You can practice for one minute or one hour. Any amount of time that you please.
The best way to be mindful is to find a comfortable seat and to pay close attention to your senses, your body, feelings and thoughts.
You can either close your eyes or let them just rest.
Notice how your body feels while you are sitting. Inhale, exhale, and pay attention to your breathing. Let the random thoughts you have come and go.
Before you finish, start paying attention to your senses. What are you smelling, hearing, tasting, seeing?
How and where I practice mindfulness:
I usually practice mindfulness when I’m the only one home or if I’m not doing much at school. Simply whenever I have some quiet time. My family is kind of loud so I usually have to pick a time of day when I’m alone. I just take a seat on the floor usually, sit up straight, and just breath. I only do this for about 5 minutes.
I get stressed out throughout the day, with all the work I have to get done, so this is really helpful. I first actually learned about mindfulness when I was in a therapy group when I was around 16. In the beginning of all of our sessions, we’d all sit in silence and just breath. Afterwards, we would talk about what we observed when being mindful.
Now I try to practice every time I can. This is something you can do even with your kids, children can get a bit riled up so practicing quiet time with them is amazing for bonding!
“Mindfulness is simply being aware of what is happening right now without wishing it were different; enjoying the pleasant without holding on when it changes (which it will); being with the unpleasant without fearing it will always be this way (which it won’t).” – James Baraz”