Mindfulness practice and meditation have received a lot of media attention in the last few years. Perhaps what unites us across the globe is the desire to be happy and free from suffering. When ancient teachings tell you that there is a clear path to happiness, the appeal is very strong. Moreover, since mindfulness practice and meditation are actually helping people feel good, the word spreads.
What is Mindfulness?
We initially learned the word “mindful” probably with the imperative “be,” as in “be mindful of…”. As a child, you could have been told to be mindful of other people’s feelings, or of sharing your toys. It is not surprising that for some people, mindfulness can resonate with thinking only about other people, not themselves.
The very essence of mindfulness is about being aware of what you are sensing and feeling at the moment, without interpretation or judgment. Mindfulness meditation is a practice of awareness of our thoughts and feelings, which can lead to more stable mental states and calmer emotional states.
When you are fully aware and present with yourself, you are less overwhelmed by what is going on around you. Many of our reactions, especially to stressors, are overreactions that cause us greater problems.
When you practice mindfulness, you cope with stress better. Try taking a step back and observing your feelings with curiosity rather than judgment. This step back gives you space and time to cope with difficult thoughts and situations. In this space, you can focus on being kind to yourself.
Compassion and Mindfulness
Studies show there is a relationship between compassion and mindfulness. Mindfulness meditation is first and foremost compassionate awareness of your thoughts and feelings, however frustrating they seem at first.
Once you learn to be accepting and non-judgmental of your own inner turmoil, it will be much easier to extend this compassion to other people. Instead of trying to control and judge ourselves or others, you apply the attitude of compassion and openness to whatever you become aware of. This practice helps us see just how interconnected we actually are.
Mindfulness Meditation Practice
Mindfulness meditation practice is accessible to everyone with a little bit of guidance. In the beginning, being accepting and non-judgmental of your wandering mind can be difficult to do independently.
If you want to start incorporating mindfulness meditation in your life but don’t know how to begin, or if you have tried and struggled to see positive results, do not hesitate to reach out to us. We have been in your shoes. We are honored to guide you to an effective meditation practice that’s right for you.
AllBe offers various personal transformational courses and individual sessions to put you on the path towards a healthier and happier life.
Written by Ruta Butkute