Are you aware? How do we improve mindfulness?

What do you think of when you hear the word "mindfulness"? I first realized its importance years ago during a walk with my husband. He told me that it seemed like I was never fully present. Even when we were together, my thoughts were always elsewhere. I hadn't realized I wasn't fully present, but he was right. I didn't pay attention to my surroundings or the path I was walking; my mind constantly wandered, and I didn't focus on the present moment. I was neither present nor aware.

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What are the basics of mindfulness?

The essence of mindfulness is not just a simple practice, but a profound tool that can transform our lives. It's about being fully present in the moment, rather than allowing our minds to wander into the past or future. This practice is accessible to everyone, regardless of their circumstances or past experiences, offering a beacon of hope for a more mindful and fulfilling life.

Mindfulness is not about judging our feelings, experiences, or thoughts, but about accepting them as they are. It's about maintaining a curious and open attitude towards all experiences, even those that might be unpleasant. This non-judgmental approach can help us feel more at ease with ourselves and our experiences, fostering a sense of acceptance and self-compassion, especially during challenging times.

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How to practice mindfulness?

Mindfulness is not a one-size-fits-all approach. It offers a variety of tools that can be tailored to our individual needs and preferences. From meditation that focuses on breathing and body sensations, to body scans that systematically examine and observe the body, to mindful eating that involves savoring each bite, to being present in everyday activities like walking or doing housework. This versatility empowers us to incorporate mindfulness into our daily lives in the most natural and beneficial way.

Practicing mindfulness can lead to many wellness-enhancing effects, such as reduced stress, improved concentration, and increased emotional balance. 

As I write this on my terrace, I hear the birds singing and the wind blowing— I wish you a fantastic day!

We can do this x Your Online Fitness Coach Teija