Mindfulness to exercise your mind
Mindfulness has become a term with wide resonance in the last decade, for a concept that is considered relatively recent, its relevance in a great variety of cultures throughout the world has lived for centuries. But what is mindfulness? What does it imply? What benefits can it bring to our lives?
Mindfulness can be defined as the constant practice of paying attention, living aware of our present and being open to the experience of the moment with acceptance, curiosity and interest.
This whole concept can sound a bit spiritual and confusing, how? Is it that we no longer live in the present? It can be said that in a physical and tangible sense if we live in a present, however, our mind is usually held between 2 ravines of our existence: the past and the future.
Usually we will find ourselves involved in some mistake that we have made in the past or perhaps in the memory of a person we miss. On the other hand, we may find ourselves simultaneously thinking about a commitment that we will attend to on the weekend, or simply the project that we must deliver later in the day.
Our mind wanders incessantly among endless stimuli and ideas, becoming overwhelmed and lost among this huge accumulation of information to be processed to such a degree that we lose ourselves in the present. This is where the concept of mindfulness becomes relevant, since through its practice we can train our mind to live more aware of our present and in turn, have greater control over our thought process.
The main tool of mindfulness is meditation, it is through this continuous practice that we can generate this broad sense of face-to-face attention and that leads to a healthier mind and a more effective management of it.
Meditating can become quite a complicated task, since what we are trying to do is not think, silence these thoughts that bounce around our head almost involuntarily, this is achieved little by little and with constant practice, since in the along the way we train our mind to be more aware of our thought process.
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To meditate requires very little, you only need a comfortable place with few distractions, where you can sit correctly, you can start with short sessions of 5 to 10 minutes a day where the only objective will be to perform breathing exercises. (inhalation-exhalation) while trying to clear our mind, if this is difficult for us, we can choose a variety of techniques, such as focusing our attention on the sound of our breathing, or being curious about the sounds around us.
The practice of meditation and mindfulness can have a variety of benefits with respect to our mental stability, this as a result of continuous long-term practice, since by training and exercising our mind to be more aware we can improve our thought process in general, this implies making better decisions in the present, as well as more easily detect erroneous behavior patterns, or red flags in problematic situations that we tend to run into frequently in our daily lives.
With this practice we learn to relate directly to what is currently happening in our life, to accept it and to handle it in the best possible way.