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What Is Mindfulness?

What Is Mindfulness?


Someone the other day, asked me the question, What is mindfulness? It seems although most of us have an understanding of what it is, when it comes to describing it to another person, it’s not as easy. 


What The Experts Say


Here are a couple of quotes I pulled from Google on what Mindfulness is;


Headspace says Mindfulness is the quality of being present and fully engaged with whatever we're doing at the moment.”


“Mindfulness is the basic human ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we’re doing, and not overly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s going on around us.” Is from Mindful.Org


American Psychological Association states that Mindfulness is “…a moment-to-moment awareness of one’s experience without judgement. In this sense, mindfulness is a state and not a trait. While it might be promoted by certain practices or activities, such as meditation, it is not equivalent to or synonymous with them.”


Alternative Ways Of Thinking


When it comes to mindfulness, I don’t think we should just pull a quote from a Google search and tell people, this is what Mindfulness is. The truth is, mindfulness, as much as it is an all encompassing state of being, can mean something different for each person.


What mindfulness means to me.


It’s a simple description but mindfulness to me is sitting and being at one with your thoughts and chilling the hell out. It’s taking a moment for yourself, to maybe defragment the day or reflect on the last few weeks. 


You know when you’ve had a crazy but amazing week, working hard, taking care of your family, seeing friends (okay this is obviously pre-lockdown haha) and also trying to find time to date your partner, and then an unexpected moment arrives where you have nothing to do. 


You run a bath, maybe pour a glass of prosecco or make a hot drink and slide into a mountain of bath-bomb-bubbles. Before you know it, you’ve lay in the bath for 40 minutes, candles burning, little to no sound, just relaxing and ‘thinking.’ It doesn’t matter about what, but in that calm moment, that for me is where you experience mindfulness. 


What does mindfulness mean to you?


Take a moment and have a think about what mindfulness means to you? Don’t worry about official definitions because you can’t define something indefinitely that ultimately belongs to one person. 


Everyone experiences their own moments of mindfulness. Just in the same way that a song can have a thousand different meanings to a thousand different people, mindfulness is what it means to the individual.

 

We’d love to hear your thoughts and experiences of mindfulness. Maybe you’re new to it and haven’t actually practised it and want to take more time to experience it. Maybe you practice mindfulness without realising it, we don’t always have to label everything that we do.


Stay Positive. Be Mindful. And most importantly, look after yourself.


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