Mindfulness is a practice that I stumbled across when I was in group therapy which was Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.
Mindfulness is in fact an accident Buddhist practice and is very prevalent in today’s life. Although it is considered a simple concept, it can be very difficult for people to master in the chaos of everyday life – however it can be achieved just about anywhere.
It refers to the practice of paying attention in a particular way as you bring yourself into the moment on purpose, only present and without judgement. It is our way to notice things that we may not normally notice; sounds, sensations, sights and smells.
Children are a great example of people who can be mindful, it’s part of their nature. As our heads, however, are very busy in the future or the past we fail to be in the present moment a lot of the time. Therefore mindfulness gives us the capacity to notice what we would not normally notice and putting the past and future where they belong.
I often struggle with my emotions, I’m an all-or-nothing thinker and sometimes I let my thoughts take over my, change my body language, change how I act with people and towards myself. Recently I’ve discovered a new way to deal with these emotions whilst practising my mindfulness.
5… Things you can see.
4… things you can hear.
3… Things you can feel or touch.
2… Things you can smell.
1… Deep breath.
Practice it several times today, just remind yourself FIVE and then count down.