Mindfulness is a technique that teaches one to live in a conscious state and in the moment. It’s one of the main practices in Buddhism and also in meditation… but it’s not limited to just that. Mindfulness has the ability to reveal a sense of tranquility for absolutely anyone. Also, one of the greatest things about it is that there are so many ways to apply it in your own life. I’ve broken it down into 4 forms of mindfulness — all of which can be practiced based on your preferences/tastes.
Practicing mental mindfulness is one of the easiest ways of being mindful. The goal of this form is to simply bring you to your most aware state. Needless to say, the way one can practice mental mindfulness is by meditating. If you’ve never meditated before it is never too late to try it out. First-timers can do things like sitting alone in a quiet place, focus on your in & out breaths, follow a guided meditation video (YouTube has plenty!), or even closing your eyes and using imagery to relax your mind. It can take a few attempts to quiet your thoughts and feel at peace but it’s worth the time it takes.
Practicing physical mindfulness requires some motivation. The goal of this form is to relax the body into feeling loose, comfortable, and aware of itself. It can also aid the mind into a deep relaxation. Yoga and tai chi are two very good ways in which one can create mindfulness physically. Both of these disciplines allow energy to flow in the body, just as exercise does, but without a hurried pace. It’s physical but it’s still very much mental.
Practicing biophysical mindfulness is all about one thing — DIET. I’m definitely not telling you what to eat but it is obvious that what you put into your body affects your body. The goal of this form is to create a balance within your physical state and mental state. When you eat well, you feel well. Self-control is required but it can even promise health.
Practicing emotional mindfulness is the most difficult of these 4 forms. There are two goals here: to free your mind of emotional clutter/baggage and to create positive thoughts. The simplest way you can be emotionally mindful is by practicing self-care. Being generous/kind to yourself, taking time when you need it, realizing when you need to take a step back from someone or something toxic… are all safe self-care practices. They allow you to accept and analyze your emotions which create mindfulness. Reading a book, taking a long spa-like bath, repeating positive affirmations to yourself… are some more ways you can create a perspective that’s emotionally mindful.
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