So, what is Mindfulness, really?
The most common definition is made by Jon Kabat Zinn:
“Mindfulness is awareness that arises through paying attention, on purpose, in the present moment, non-judgementally”
Mindfulness is practiced through meditation or through mindful exercises applied in your everyday life, for instance walking mindfully to the bus, only focusing on the sensation in the soles of your feet, or only on what you are hearing.
In most cases, you need a sit down meditation practice to really train the ability to be mindful.
Mindfulness meditation is like a work out for your brain
When meditating you practice your ability to focus on something of your choice (breath, bodily sensation, hearing, sight etc). This ability to consciously choose to direct your awareness onto something is what makes all the difference.
You will become more and more able to direct your focus to your experience, and less and less distracted by your thoughts that tend to steal your attention away from the direct experience by commenting, analysing, judging, comparing and already knowing everything about this situation.
You will also become more aware of your thoughts and what they keep telling you and that most of the time, they are not telling you the truth. They actually work against your happiness (more on that in my Advanced Mindfulness Course “Peace & Bliss” to come).
Through mindfulness you can wake up to the present moment and to the true nature of yourself.
Your natural state is constant happiness, bliss and presence.
It IS possible for you. It is.
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