A quick web search for mindfulness produced close to 6,000,000 results in 0.28 seconds! The topics varied from: mindfulness meditation, mindfulness eating, mindfulness parenting and mindfulness gardening to mindfulness programs in schools, prisons, veteran’s centers, hospitals and many more. It is a concept that has become a household word, but what are the basics behind practicing it?
Juliet Adams who is the founder of an excellent website for all things mindfulness advises on the ABC’s:
- A is for awareness - Becoming more aware of what you are thinking and doing - what’s going on in your mind and body.
- B is for “just Being” with your experience. Avoiding the tendency to respond on auto-pilot and feed problems by creating your own story.
- C is for seeing things and responding more wisely. By creating a gap between the experience and our reaction to, we can make wiser choices.”
Mindfulness is used in psychotherapy, stress management and Buddhism. I started using mindfulness techniques 10 years ago and due to the benefits I experience, include it in my wellness lifestyle today. I do not always respond mindfully though, as life keeps providing new and challenging material to work with! It is a simple effective tool, that with practice can improve the quality of our lives. So why not check it out, if you have not already?