Mindfulness is a practice involved in numerous religious and secular traditions—from Hinduism and Buddhism to yoga and, more recently, non-religious meditation practices. People are already practicing mindfulness for thousands of years. In Buddhism, it has an even bigger importance than in Hinduism, as mindfulness (Sati) is said to be the first step towards enlightenment.1,2,3
Above all, mindfulness meditation is a great way to practice awareness and being more present in the moment. Being aware of your thoughts. It teaches you to slow down your thoughts, let go of negativity and calm your body and mind. During this practice you focus on your surroundings, the sights, smells and noises around you. You focus on where you are and what you’re doing.
You can do mindfulness meditation anywhere, even while commuting to and from work. Most importantly, being more mindful and present in the now has many great benefits, namely you pay less attention to negative emotions, you have better focus and relationship satisfaction and you have less impulsive, emotional reactions.1,2
How to do a mindfulness meditation
1. Sit or stand in a comfortable position
2. Notice what your legs are doing + observe them for a few seconds
3. Straighten your upper body + place your arms on top of your legs
4. Drop your chin a bit + let your gaze fall slightly downwards OR if you wish you can close your eyes
5. Relax + take a few breaths in and out + pay attention to your breath
6. Follow your breath as you inhale and exhale + feel the air moving through your nose or mouth + your belly rising and falling
7. If your mind starts to wander, let it be. Welcome and acknowledge your thoughts and let them fade away + refocus your attention to your breath
8. Continue breathing in and out and observing your thoughts for a few minutes.
9. When you’re ready, slowly open your eyes + notice how you and your body are feeling
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1 Singla, R. (2011, April 05). Origins of mindfulness & meditation: Interplay of Eastern and Western Psychology.
2 Manocha, R. (2014, April 05). Meditation, Mindfulness and Mind-Emptiness. Retrieved from SteveClarkPrincipal: https://www.scholarsage.com/releasing-the-acquired-mind/
3 Selva, J. (2020, May 21). History of Mindfulness: From East to West and Religion to Science. Retrieved from positivepsychology: https://positivepsychology.com/history-of-mindfulness/