What is Mindfulness?

There are a number of definitions for mindfulness. Please note our description and examples to help you understand its nature.

First of all, mindfulness involves paying attention “on purpose”. Mindfulness involves a conscious direction of our awareness. We sometimes talk about “mindfulness” and “awareness” as if they were interchangeable terms, but that’s not a good habit to get into. A person maybe aware they are irritable, but that wouldn’t mean that they were being mindful of their irritability. In order to be mindful they have to be purposefully aware of themselves not just vaguely and habitually aware.

Mindfulness is an emotionally non-reactive state. We don’t judge that this experience is good and that one is bad. Or if we do make those judgment’s we simply notice them and let go of them. We don’t get upset because we’re experiencing something we don’t want to be experiencing or because we’re not experiencing what we would rather be experiencing. We simply accept whatever arises. We observe it mindfully. We notice it arising, passing through us, and ceasing to exist.

Whether it’s a pleasant experience or a painful experience we treat it the same way.

Cognitively, mindfulness is aware that certain experiences are pleasant and some are unpleasant, but on an emotional level we simply don’t react. We call this “equanimity” — stillness and balance of mind.

The simplest way to practice mindfulness is to sit in a straight- backed chair, close your eyes, and focus on the sensations that your breath makes as it flows into and out of your body. As your mind begins to chase after different thoughts, bring your awareness back to the sensations of the breath.

We at coaching Direct will teach you this essential tool for self mastery to help you with the stress and pressure of everyday life weather your at school college University or working Mindfulness is a valuable and necessary skill to have to enhance all aspects of your life. The great thing is its so easy to apply and you can practice it anywhere anytime.

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