Mindfulness Explained

What is Mindfulness?

Simply put , mindfulness is ‘present moment awareness’. It’s living in the present and being aware of what is going on in our internal world and our external world. Mindfulness is an ancient eastern practice which is very relevant for our lives today. 
Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way ( a sense of curiousity and kindness) , on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally . 

Mindfulness does not conflict with any beliefs or traditions, whether religious, cultural or scientific. It is simply a practical way to notice thoughts, physical sensations, sights, sounds, smells- anything we might not normally notice. The actual skills might be quiet simple, but because it is so different to how our minds normally behave, it takes a lot of practice. 

Mindfulness and meditation can bring you on a journey of ‘coming home to yourself.’ Coming home to the  inner resources of wonder and awe, joy and contentment, and nourishing these qualities through a daily mindfulness practice. Mindfulness lets us live with awareness, clarity and space, which lets us respond mindfully to what happens us during our daily lives. 


Why Mindfulness?

If you don’t make time for your wellness, you’ll be forced to make time for your illness.

In our daily lives , when we are not consciously aware of where our attention is, we tend to drift off into the future or the past, and unfortunately, it’s not always to the positive things. We love to worry about the future and ruminate about the past. When we start a mindfulness practice, we learn to become the observer, we start to see thoughts as just thoughts, we learn to feel our emotions  without trying to ‘fix’ them. We learn to skill-fully relate to what goes on in our lives. 

Don’t put off starting a mindfulness practice until sometime in the future. That’s like saying you are going to postpone your happiness because you are just too busy at the moment. I’ll be happy sometime in the future……


Benefits of Mindfulness

Scientific research has proven that mindfulness can have enormous benefits for us.

But one might think it is selfish to spend time being mindful and meditating in the midst of a busy life. When you look at the benefits of mindfulness, you would have to ask yourself ‘why would I not start a mindfulness practice’.

  •  Inner peace
  • Clarity of mind
  • Reduced stress and anxiety
  • Increased happiness levels
  • Having a more positive outlook
  • Self-care
  • Increased immune function
  • Boost resilience
  • Reduced worry and rumination
  • Better sleep
  • More creative
  • and much more.

Inward Bound Mindfulness’s mission is to teach mindfulness to people so they can find their way back to all that is good about being human and to living a life that is authentic and balanced.

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