What is Mindfulness

If you’re anything like me you’re probably tired of hearing about mindfulness. It’s been such a buzzword the past few years. But given how 2020 is shaking out I’ve been exploring ways to regain not only physical health but some peace, some calm. It turns out a mindfulness practice fits very well with my physical health and fitness goals.

In April I started taking health and fitness uber seriously. I think the stress of quarantine made me realize that it was one of the few things I could control. And, I think like many of us, my thoughts were kind of like a tornado whirling around my brain those first weeks of lock down. I’m sure most of you can relate.

As I started working out and trying to get my eating habits in some semblance of order, I found myself naturally becoming more mindful. I just didn’t realize that’s what I was doing.

According to Mayo Clinic mindfulness is a meditation practice in which you bring your focus onto what you’re sensing, feeling, thinking in that moment, no judgement or self-censorship.

I kind of like the first definition at dictionary.com:

the state or quality of being mindful or aware of something

https://www.dictionary.com/browse/mindfulness?s=t

The simplicity of that definition speaks to what I experienced and how I approach mindfulness in my life now. Awareness. A way to pay attention.

Life is so busy whether you’re going to a job, working from home, looking for a job, or just trying to figure out your next step. Mindfulness, bringing your awareness to that one moment, to really pinpoint what’s going through your mind, what’s around you, what you’re feeling, what can that do?

For me it gives me an awareness that there really are some things I can control in my life. There are some things that I can affect the outcome.

This week, take one minute and just sit with your thoughts. Just let them come, but be aware of what you’re thinking. Don’t worry about why you’re thinking or that you should change what you’re thinking. Just be aware of your thoughts. Then take one minute and look at the area where you’re sitting. Really look at it. What’s in the space. What does the it smell like? What’s the temperature? What are the colors? What do you hear?

Next week let’s look at some of the health benefits of mindfulness.

Playing Catch Up

This seems to be a week of playing catch up. I’m totally off schedule with my blog posts. Feel like I’m way behind on sleep. Can’t keep straight in my brain even what day of the week it is. Sometimes life just gets too busy, and I totally let myself get sucked under. 

So I’m going to spend the rest of the week trying to practice mindfulness, to be present in each moment, to explore what each moment teaches me. 

Right now I’m on the Music City Star train on the way home from work. The gentle sway and rhythmic clickety-clack of the wheels on the track are soothing after a long day in the clinic. 

How do you make yourself slow down when you get caught up in the busyness of every day life?