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What is Mindfulness Exactly?

Hi, and welcome to this weeks article!

This week we will be talking mindfulness and providing an overview of what it is exactly and why its a powerful lifestyle choice to make a habit for our overall health and wellbeing. Its something I have incorporated into my life with tremendous results and got me through some of the most challenging periods when my outside environment wasn't the most pleasant. So please enjoy!

Mindfulness is the practice of bringing one's attention to the present moment, without judgment, by focusing on the breath, sensations in the body, or external sounds. It is a way of paying attention to and being present with one's thoughts and feelings in a non-reactive and accepting way.

Although mindfulness has its roots in ancient spiritual practices, it has gained widespread popularity in recent years as a secular, evidence-based approach to improving mental and emotional well-being. Research has shown that mindfulness can have a number of benefits, including reducing stress and anxiety, improving focus and concentration, and increasing feelings of calm and well-being.

There are many different ways to practice mindfulness, including through formal meditation, yoga, or other mindful activities such as walking or cooking. Formal mindfulness meditation typically involves sitting or lying down in a comfortable position, closing the eyes, and focusing on the breath or a mantra. When the mind wanders, as it inevitably will, practitioners are encouraged to gently redirect their focus back to the present moment.

Mindfulness can also be incorporated into daily life through simple practices such as paying attention to the sensations of eating or taking a few deep breaths when feeling overwhelmed. By bringing mindful awareness to everyday activities, we can cultivate a sense of presence and purpose in our daily lives.

In addition to its benefits for mental and emotional well-being, mindfulness has also been shown to have physical health benefits. Studies have found that mindfulness practices can lower blood pressure, improve sleep, and even boost the immune system.

While mindfulness can be a powerful tool for improving well-being, it is important to remember that it is a personal practice and what works for one person may not work for another. It may take some time and experimentation to find the right type of mindfulness practice and the right approach for you. The most important thing is to be patient with yourself and not to get discouraged if you have a hard time focusing or if your mind wanders. With regular practice, mindfulness can be a valuable tool for living a more mindful and fulfilling life.

Well, its really hard to not see the benefits and although starting a new practice, habit and routine it can be done with the decision to make a change and a plan. If you need any help reach out! See you next time!

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