Mindfulness: Being in the present, moment by moment
Mindfulness is a way of being rather than a way of doing.
Mindfulness is a form of self-awareness training that has been adapted from Buddhist meditation. It involves staying aware of what is happening right now rather than dwelling on the past or worrying about the future. It is sometimes referred to as “being in the present moment“.
When practising mindfulness techniques you intentionally focus on what is happening to you and around you right now, this minute. You pay attention to what you are thinking and feeling. You are aware of your environment: the sights, smells, sounds and tastes. There is no need to judge, question or analyze what is happening; you accept things for what they are.
Thus mindfulness involves paying full attention to what is going on in you and outside you, moment by moment.
Listen to these simple meditation tracks at the following address to experience some aspects of mindfulness and to reduce your feelings of stress and anxiety:
With practice you can learn to slow down “brain chatter” and automatic or habitual reactions. When practising you will experience uninvited thoughts. If you start to dwell on such thoughts or get irritated for not being able to stay focussed then you are moving away from the present moment. Instead, the idea is to just acknowledge the thought and let it go without judgement and hence keep your focus on the present moment.
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One simple technique described at the above site is mindfulness of breath. The breath can be used as an anchor to focus your attention. Sit quietly and focus on your natural breathing, feeling the sensations in your nostrils. Inevitably your attention will wander and then you will notice that it has wandered and note your reaction. Allow thoughts to come and go without judgement. The idea is to return your attention back to the sensation of breathing. This cycle is repeated over and over again.