Most of the time our minds are concerned with anything but what we are doing and experiencing in the present moment. We are mostly attached to what happened in the past or fantasize about what may happen in the future. We are telling ourselves stories instead of focusing on what is happening right now.
The antidote is Mindfulness.
What is Mindfulness?
Mindfulness is the practice of focusing attention on the present moment -- accepting it without judgment. It's living from moment-to-moment, calmly accepting your thoughts and feelings instead of chasing after a futuristic ideal. It's a simple practice with rich benefits, the main one being that it leads to a sense of peace.
What happens when you have peace of mind? It affects every aspect of your physical, emotional, mental and spiritual state. It reduces fear and gives you a greater sense of clarity. What was difficult becomes easier. It's that simple.
Start your Mindfulness Practice
Sit quietly, shake out your hands (we hold a lot of stress in our hands). Put your hands in your lap and close your eyes, if that feels comfortable to you. Now focus on your breath, take a deep inhale and count 1, exhale count 2. And go again, take a deep inhale and count 1, exhale count 2. And go again, take a deep inhale and count 1, exhale count 2.
Easy! Right? Enjoy the calmness!
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