Mindfulness is the psychological process of bringing one's attention to the internal and external experiences occurring in the present moment. The term "mindfulness" is a translation of the Pali term sati, which is a significant element of some Buddhist traditions. It is not a magic trick that gives you the life of your dreams and eliminates stress, but integrating mindful practises into your daily life can be life changing.
Choose a downtime location when you won't be disturbed; in the bath, when you first awake, when you are making a meal, when you are walking. Shift your focus to our breathing, and pick a single aspect to focus on - your in breath, your out breath or simply the sound of your breathing. Spend at least 5 minutes in the state of awareness.
Benefits - reduced stress, increased relaxation, focuses a racing mind on a single sensation to help it still, can reduce blood pressure.
Choose a time to have your meal when you won't be expected to socialise. Eat slowly, focusing on each sensation in turn - smell, sight, taste, touch, sound. Try to eat your whole meal slowly, immersing yourself in the richness of the practice of eating.
Benefits - reduces stress, improves digestive functioning, reduces overeating. Liberate yourself from ruminating on your daily concerns, take time to appreciate the small things in life.
Easily practised in your daily life, mindful walking brings you into the present moment, free of worry and expectation. Align your walking to the rhythm of your breath, lift your foot on your in breath and lower it to your out breath. How does the ground feel beneath your feet, what can you taste, what can you smell, what is going on around you? Don't label or judge any sensations, simply experience them.
Benefits - reduces stress, encouraged movement, increases relaxation, gives you time to the small things in life.
Developing a mindful attitude takes time, like the tuning of a musical instrument, it is a skill that comes with practice and leads to a wonderful balance of serenity and awareness. A truly mindful attitude emerges when you cultivate mindful habits such as eating, walking and listening. We are conditioned to make unnecessary judgements daily. Learning not to judge everything is part of developing a mindful attitude leaving your mind clearer and judgement wiser for when there is a genuine need. Mindfulness requires patience, each day we need to practice the art of being in the present, it isn't something that comes from being aware of the idea intellectually. There is no purpose, nothing to achieve or to expect from mindfulness, each person experiences different things, by understanding this you will cease creating a state of disappointment by constantly desiring things, which also includes getting fixated with the idea of mindfulness, let it come and go naturally.