Mindfulness to exercise your mind
Mindfulness has become a term with broad 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 moment’s experience 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 gift, 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 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 massive 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 minds to live more aware of our gift 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 the constant practice since along the way, we train our mind to be more aware of our thought process.
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Meditating requires very little; you only need a comfortable place with few distractions. 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 concerning our mental stability; this is 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 lives, accept it, and handle it in the best possible way.