Mindfulness is a concept that is all about being aware of your self and your surroundings, and its practise has multiple benefits. It is often used to create a calm and curious outlook on life. Through this, you can develop a deeper understanding of what is happening around you.
#WhatIs Mindfulness? by Dr Tamara Russell explores all things related to the increasingly popular concept. This includes looking into how the practice of mindfulness actually works on your body and brain.
Here is a sneak peak:
‘Try asking yourself this question now and again: ‘Where is my mind right now?’ Often you might notice that your mind and body are not in the same place. You may be sitting at home but your mind is still at work. Equally, you may be sitting at your desk, but your mind is everywhere except your work. By asking yourself this question periodically you will start to become familiar with the four brain states that characterize a fully present ‘mindful moment’. These happen, in order, repeatedly, in a continual cyclical journey. They are:
1 Paying attention (to the present moment)
2 Becoming distracted (lost in the future or past)
3 Noticing that your mind has wandered
4 Refocusing your attention back to the present moment
Recognizing these four stages will allow you to stop having potentially unrealistic expectations of feeling constantly calm, focused and ‘in the zone’ when practising mindfulness. Increasing your ability to know which of these stages you are in at any given time will help you know what to do next if your intention is to be mindful. And yes, you did read that correctly, mind wandering is absolutely part of this process. Your brain will get distracted, but recognizing and working with this is a key part of mindfulness – it’s what you do next that counts.’
– #WhatIs Mindfulness? by Dr Tamara Russell
Practising mindfulness can drastically improve your life and consequently alter your lifestyle. The key to applying mindfulness to your life and using it to your advantage lies in your understanding of it.
You can find out more about the practise of mindfulness in #WhatIs Mindfulness?
This is the start of a series of blog posts all about mindfulness and how it can help you. You can find the others here.