Mindfulness practices are not just for yoga! When you take them beyond the mat, you begin to feel better and live a life you thrive in.
While many people think mindfulness is something you do while in yoga class, there are many ways to bring it into your life. It doesn’t have to be complicated, but the results are so beneficial!
Donna Jones is a senior leadership executive with nearly twenty years of experience in the healthcare industry. As a registered nurse and community health leader, Donna is intimately familiar with the multitude of concerns associated with a hectic modern lifestyle.
Donna credits her own wellness journey to saving her life during a time of intense personal stress and change. Working her way up the career ladder in a competitive field while obtaining four degrees and multiple certifications, Donna knows exactly how it feels to push yourself to your limits in your life and your career.
Through adopting strategic wellness practices and accumulating a multi-faceted lifestyle toolkit, she was able to not only overcome the odds stacked against her, but to thrive.
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The Definition of Mindfulness
Mindfulness is a broad term. It refers to an awareness that arises from paying attention when living on purpose, being present in the moment and doing it all in a non judgmental way. The root is in compassion, both with others and ourselves.
Overall wellness isn’t just about the food we eat, it has to do with the wellness of our mind, body and spirit. We put a lot of emphasis on the food piece and not enough emphasis on the mind and spirit. Mindfulness helps us focus on all areas.
While the mindfulness practice starts on the yoga mat, the practice can be brought into regular life with amazing results. Because the world today is filled with technology and instant access to just about everything, being mindful takes effort.
Pillars of Mindfulness
Mindfulness is not just one thing. There are a variety of characteristics that make up the concept of being mindful. A few of them are:
- Being purposeful
- Non judgment
- Being present in the moment
- Curiosity and self awareness
These aspects can be woven in to every day actions but can also be part of a meditation practice. Mindfulness is multifaceted and can be done in just about every situation.
Bringing Mindfulness into Life
Many people start with yoga in order to get familiar with a mindful practice. There are so many types of yoga, and something for just about eveyrone.
It can even be as simple as breath work, closing your eyes and just breathing as you pay attention to your breath.
You can also begin with meditation. It can be done with music, just sitting in quiet or simply taking a few minutes to focus on the moment. It doesn’t have to be complicated.
Another way to practice mindfulness is journaling. From full journaling or just writing down a few things you are grateful for, it helps you focus on the moment.
You can also just simply be in the moment. Sitting and being. It’s that simple. Many people think that you have to rid your mind of all thoughts, This isn’t true, it’s ok to be aware of them, you simply need bring yourself back.
Mindful eating isn’t just sitting at the table in silence, it’s about being in the moment when you are eating. Experiencing food with all of your senses. Putting away the devices and being present.
If you eat with your family, or friends, you can do things like saying what you’re grateful for, talking about your day, having a theme and talking about it, and even just talking about the food you’re eating and using your senses to describe it.
However mindful eating can also start at the planning stage. By planning your weekly meals you’re being mindful of your week and all you have to do each day. You are honoring your time so that you’re successful at reducing stress.
As you walk through a grocery store with a list, you are being present in the moment and purposeful in what you are buying. This helps focus and avoids overspending.
Benefits of Mindfulness
There is so much research to support the benefits of a mindfulness practice. In both mental well being but also in physical health. Mindfulness can have a positive impact on many things, some of which are:
- heart disease
- immune response
- focus and concentration
We simply can’t control it all, and mindfulness helps give us a solid foundation with which we can conquer all life throws at us.
How to Start a Mindfulness Practice
If you want to start a mindfulness practice, it’s best to start small so that you are not overwhelmed. As with anything, small steps towards a larger goal is the way to long term success.
Start with the breath work. Commit to one minute, close your eyes, listen to your breath and feel your body and be present in the moment.
Over time, it will evolve. You can add more time, or move on to trying other things. Even something as simple as being present when you do every day things like brush your teeth.
You can dive in more by attending a yoga class at a studio or doing one at home.
Another way to be mindful is paying attention to how you show up in the world, how you respond to people, and consider others feelings. It’s important to give yourself permission to be okay with the feelings that come up and be able move forward.
As you continue and practice you will grow and improve. Overall adding some mindfulness into your life can only benefit your overall wellness.
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