Very soon I will begin to teach others about Mindfulness, which means “paying attention”. When we are at peace, we become aware of our mind, emotions, body in a particular way. Sustained in the present moment and acting nonjudgementally, while discovering an innate curiosity, an openness and acceptance of what is happening right now.
When we are not in a state of mindfulness, we often will appear moody, critical, tense, stressed out, negative, unpleasant, incapable of making good decisions and we hang on to those unpleasant moments that gave us pain. Our perception becomes warped, and our attention span lingers.
Jon Kabat-Zinn the founder of the Mindfulness-based stress reduction states, “qualities of the mind that support and strengthen mindfulness are acceptance, nonjudging, nonstriving, letting go/letting be, patience, trust, beginner’s mind, and gratitude/generosity, curiosity, kindness and humor”.
These are some of the things I grew up learning about from the Bible as well. Grounded in spirituality supports our ability to quiet the mind. When we talk about Curiosity, we turn inward to the present moment, so we can learn and perceive what is happening fully. Kindness stands out the most, leaving judgment and harshness behind. Gratitude/Generosity leaves us with “I have enough” instead of “I don’t have enough”. When we practice these three things, our brain will shift its focus to peace, contentment and calm. Instead of driven, in need and discontent.
Acceptance requires we turn actively toward a situation, realizing that it really is the way it is right now, and nothing can change that. Even though we may not like what’s happening,we are honest enough to say, “this is the way it is for now, and I have accepted that”. Non-judging really means that we realize there is no stopping what is happening now and even if we could, we will observe it and witness the effect it is having instead.
Nonstriving is a core component of mindfulness. It means being fully present in the moment without needing to change any of it, at all and without an agenda. We learn that letting go will often open up a sense of ease, a peaceful calm emotional state. These are just a few of what you will learn when you begin to study mindfulness. It can help with chronic pain, inflammation, resilience, habits, depression and anxiety, letting go, and so much more.
We need to make it a daily practice, find inspiration, be accountable and find validation in what you are doing. I will be posting my classes in the next week. Thank you for following. Please feel free to comment below, and I will get back to you within 24 hours.