Mindfulness is a preventative action that can make you feel good, deal better with life and enjoy more in the moment. Every month I will post a mindfulness audio or video for wellness. Please use them to begin to learn how to achieve mindfulness.
What is Mindfulness?
Mindfulness is the basic human ability to be fully present in the moment, aware of where we are and what we’re doing, and not overly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s going on around us.
Mindfulness is about observation without criticism; being compassionate with yourself.
When unhappiness or stress hover overhead, rather than taking it all personally, you learn to treat them as if they were black clouds in the sky, and to observe them with friendly curiosity as they drift past. In essence, mindfulness allows you to catch negative thought patterns before they tip you into a downward spiral. It begins the process of putting you back in control of your life.
Even if your first attempts are difficult, keep trying for just a few minutes a day until it becomes a part of your routine. You get better as you learn to focus on what you want.
Question: Is mindfulness similar to self-hypnosis?
Not really. Mindfulness and self-hypnosis share a state where you want to clear your mind and your worries. It allows you to connect with a higher consciousness. The only difference is that often mindfulness is just quieting the mind and self-hypnosis can have some mantra or affirmation...some goal...attached to it. But self-hypnosis can have no goal other than to achieve a state of relaxation, calm, peace, quiet.
If you have difficulty with the recording above, try using the exercise below. Try for just a few minutes every day and make it pleasant.
The Self-Inquiry Meditation is focused on self-inquiry, a technique used in meditation to gain enlightenment.
Self-inquiry can bring about a sense of peace and openness to experience, among other desirable outcomes.
To begin the exercise, follow these steps:
- Take a comfortable seated position
- Close your eyes and settle into your body and your mind
- Try to let go of thoughts and clear the mind of your usual thoughts
- Focus your attention on the feeling of being you. Who are you? How does it feel to be you? What is it that makes up your inner self?
If you find yourself distracted by a thought, bring your awareness back to your breathing. Concentrate on the in breath and the out breath.
This exercise can be continued for as long as desired. If you are having trouble clearing your mind, try the exercise a few minutes a day until you improve.
The goal of self-inquiry is to be aware of yourself and to bring awareness to the source of all that you are. It can be so easy to get lost in everyday tasks and distractions.