Engaging With Life: Mindfulness


Considering how busy each of us is in our lives, it can be easy to rush through the days without noticing what is going on around us. Most of us plan our day, listening to music while commuting to work. Some of us do laundry while watching television. In this hurry to accomplish necessary tasks, you may find yourself getting disconnected from the present moment.

Mindfulness is the practice of consciously focusing our attention and becoming aware of the present moment. Mindfulness is not just a temporary ‘state of mind’ rather it is a way of living.

The Power of Mindfulness: Exploring the Benefits of Mindfulness

Several research studies have suggested the importance of mindfulness on psychological well-being (Brown and Ryan, 2003; Hutcherson et al., 2008). Many studies show that practicing mindfulness reduces stress. (Hoffman et al., 2010) Mindfulness has also proven its efficacy in reducing anxiety and decreasing symptoms of depression (Falsafi, 2016). One can begin incorporating mindfulness in their lives with this basic breathing technique for anywhere between 5 to 10 minutes every day and gradually increase it.

  • Sit on a straight-backed chair or cross-legged on the floor.
  • Start by bringing your attention to the sensations in your body.
  • Focus on an aspect of your breathing, such as the sensations of air flowing into your nostrils and out of your mouth, or your belly rising and falling as you inhale and exhale.
  • Once you’ve narrowed your concentration in this way, begin to widen your focus. Become aware of sounds, sensations, and ideas.
  • Embrace and consider each thought or sensation without judging it good or bad. If your mind starts to race, return your focus to your breathing. Then expand your awareness again.
Nurturing Connection and Well-being through Mindfulness Practices

Taking time out for ourselves, to breathe, reset and slow down is an essential part of maintaining our stability and unwinding. Practicing any form of mindfulness can help us revive our lost connection with ourselves, the people and the environment.

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