Mindfulness is the ability to be in the present moment. Whether that is at work, driving or taking a walk. It’s about completely being present and aware of what you are doing and feeling. It's accepting what is...in the here and now.
Mindfulness can be honed by meditation, yoga and qigong practice. You can also simply bring your attention to the everyday activities you do. Something as simple as doing the dishes can be a mindful practice. This can extend to your favourite sport so you can enjoy it even more and perform even better. It can bring you firmly into your activity with focused awareness and strong concentration.
For the busy people who are just all work you can incorporate mindfulness each and every day. Something as simple as taking 5 present and aware breaths whilst you're in a que or on a lunch break. This can bring you relief from stress and build momentum for a mindfulness practice. Each and every day you can bring a little bit of peace and relaxation.
The research on Mindfulness practice has been documented since 1979 at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, with the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program, and has thousands of studies documenting the mental and physical benefits of mindfulness. This has inspired schools, prisons and hospitals to add the practice to there programmes. The mindfulness programme at these Institutions, now gives great benefits for health and well-being, including:
∙ Improved sleep quality. ∙ Reduces negative emotions and stress. ∙Fights depression and prevents relapse. ∙ Improves memory, attention skills and decision making. ∙ Fosters compassion and altruism. ∙ Enhances relationships. ∙ Builds a stronger sense of your self and your values. ∙ Makes us more resilient. ∙ Reduces anxiety.