As it is the weekend, I am sharing some beautiful relaxing music, which supports brain health and my Brain health Awreness Month blog series. Mindfullness is the human ability to be fully present, aware of where you are and what you’re doing, and not thinking or reacting to what’s going on around us. It improves our quality of sleep, our mood, relationships with self and others, and although it is a naturl process, most of us forget to be mindful.
Over the last 40+ years, sicne I started the twice daily practice of Transcendental Meidtation, I have also found that I also practice mindfullness on a daily basis, and especially when I have a crisis or any stress, it helps me to focus on being more optimistic and resilient, rather than focusing too much on the stress. Mindfulness helps us put some space between ourselves and our reactions, breaking down our conditioned responses and increasing our overall health, including brain health.
You don’t need to pay someone to teach you mindfullness, as you already know how to do it, anywhere, any time of the day or night.
Practicing Mindfullness includes:
- Setting aside some regular daily time, and at any time (as needed) finding a quite space to be mindful
- Being still
- Quietly observing the present moment. I find this can be enhanced or learnt, by focusing on individual muscles, slowing moving from the toes and feet, up to the head
- Stopping judging things, including your own thoughts or reactions
- Returning to observing the present moment as it is
“Mindfulness is awareness that arises through paying attention, on purpose, in the present moment, non-judgementally,” … “And then I sometimes add, in the service of self-understanding and wisdom.”Kabat-Zinn
What Mindfullness is not:
- It is not about “fixing” you nor about fixing your problems
- It is not about stopping your thoughts (nor is meditation)
- It is not a religious practice
- It is not an escape from reality
- It is not a panacea or remedy
Whenever you bring awareness to what you’re directly experiencing via your senses, or to your state of mind via your thoughts and emotions, you’re being mindful. And there’s growing research showing that when you train your brain to be mindful, you’re actually remodeling the physical structure of your brain, which is important for brain health.