The Oxford Dictionary explains mindfulness as follows:
the quality or state of being conscious or aware of something:
“their mindfulness of the wider cinematic tradition”
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
Practicing mindfulness is an excellent way to reduce stress and anxiety. Negative stress can lead to disease in body, and sometimes death. When we practice mindfulness in everything we do, we are safer, more efficient, and often calm.
While working, I practice mindfulness everyday with my clients. I must focus on what I am physically doing with my body posture and how I am using it. at the same time, I am focused on the body that needs my therapeutic care. Most importantly, I must stay mindful of how the client is feeling, what they want, and any unspoken ques they may be showing. It is an intuitive dance and in these moments, I feel very peaceful. Now the trick is to practice, so that life is this way in all things. the other day I cut my finger open washing the dishes, because my focus was elsewhere, that wont happen again. ha-ha.
That reminds me of something called the grilled cheese theory. growing up when we were given a grilled cheese sandwich usually one side would have burnt. Do to multi tasking. How you do anything in life, is how you will do everything. so, if we give our all, our full attention to the small things we do every day; imagine all the big things we could accomplish.
What helps you to focus your mind, when you are being pulled several directions?
If you have a busy mind and trouble relaxing, you might like to try guided mediation. I will write more about affirmations soon. If you’re interested, before you so to sleep play this video, see it helps guide you into a deeper sleep.