The 7 Essential Attitudes for Mindfulness
Mindfulness /ˈmīn(d)f(ə)lnəs/ - a mental state achieved by focusing one's awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one's feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations, used as a therapeutic technique.
What is mindfulness and why is it important?
Mindfulness is a state of active, open attention on the present. When you're mindful, you are able to carefully observe your thoughts and feelings without judging them as positive or negative. Instead of letting your life pass you by, mindfulness means living in the moment and awakening to your current experience, rather than dwelling on the past.
Mindfulness has grown in popularity over the years, and with good reason too! Many of us rush through life, checking off things on our to-do lists without really thinking or putting much thought into our actions. And this sense of busyness is causing us more stress and dis-ease than ever!
According to this article in Psychology Today, scientists use the word “self-regulation” instead of mindfulness to refer to how you can take control of your attention and regulate your focus. You might deliberately shift your attention to an image on your computer screen, to the body language of your friend as she speaks, to a memory, a future goal, or to your breathing. The second part of the definition refers to our approach of being open to whatever we place our attention on, being interested and curious of what we might discover.
But regardless of how you define mindfulness, it does require a certain amount of discipline and practice. Download my free guide on the 7 Essential Attitudes for Mindfulness to help you bring greater self-awareness to your next meditation session and eventually into your life.