What is Mindfulness?
Mindfulness means maintaining a moment-by-moment awareness of our thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, and surrounding environment.
Why is mindfulness important?
There’s many benefits to being mindful. Being in the moment allows you to experience all the joys life has to offer. It can benefit your blood-pressure and help reduce anxiety, stress and tension. Being mindful also helps you be aware of things around you that could potential hurt you or others.
All to often we are so absorbed in our day-to-day activities that we aren’t aware of what’s going on around us. How many times have you heard someone say, “If only they were paying attention.” This typically comes after an “accident”. I put quotes around that word to emphasize it because we are quick to call things that go wrong, accidents. But are they?
Nothing is by accident!
That may sound harsh, but reality all things happen after a choice is made. Whether it’s pulling out from an intersection thinking you looked both ways well enough or you turned around too quickly with a hot pot of water. Being mindful in all situations means you are aware of your surroundings. If you were present in the moment, not worried about where you had to be or what you had to do, you’d know someone was behind you or you’d take that extra second to look longer and know someone was coming. If you’re completely honest with yourself you could admit you were rushed or deep in thought.
How can I be more mindful?
It’s all about the breath. More than just deep breathing, it’s about being in the here and now. Being present and enjoying what’s going on around you. Not worrying about what’s next but loving what’s now. When you feel behind, worried about being late, concerned about what’s to come… you’re not living in the now. Stopping to recognize your breath helps you to come back to now and let go of later.
Benefits of being mindful.
There are numerous benefits to being mindful. Not only will you have less “accidents” you are more aware of the wonders of all that is around you. Being mindful has health benefits, mental benefits and promotes joy and calmness. Worrying and stress are brought on by focusing on things in the past and future that you are unable to change, correct or control. Relieving stress and anxiety helps to alleviate pain in the body and lowers blood pressure. With fewer “accidents” we have less shame and guilt as well. Shame is the number one reason for low self-esteem.
Suthern Oasis Spa wants to challenge you to be more mindful throughout your day. We’ll be posting mindful images, articles and quotes to help remind you to take a moment to stop, breathe and notice your surroundings. Take time each day to be mindful and track changes in your environment, body and mind for 30 days and see how things change. Find joy in little moments, embrace laughter a little longer and love a little harder each day and watch as the little things begin to matter less. Take a moment to appreciate those in your life.