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Mindfulness is deliberately paying attention in the present moment, being fully aware of what is happening both inside yourself—in your body, heart, and mind—and outside yourself, in your environment. Mindfulness is awareness without judgment or criticism. Mindfulness is rooted in the realization that when we ignore what we are seeing, touching, or tasting, it is as if it does not exist. To be mindful means to have the mind completely full of what is happening right now—fully experiencing the here-and-now without distraction.
In essence, mindfulness is paying attention to all that is going on in the present moment, on purpose, non-judgmentally, without striving to achieve something. Mindfulness is not about “doing”—instead, it’s about “being.”
Click here to download information on how to practice a Mindful Breathing Meditation.
Principles of Mindfulness
The guiding principles of mindfulness are:
- Mindfulness is deliberately paying attention and being non-judgmental.
- Mindfulness encompasses both internal process and external environments.
- Mindfulness is being aware of what is present to you mentally, physically, and emotionally in every moment you experience.
- With practice, mindfulness cultivated the possibility of freeing yourself of reactive patterns of thoughts, emotions, and behaviors.
- Mindfulness promotes balance, choice, wisdom, and acceptance of what is present to you.
Why Practice Mindfulness?
A regular practice of mindfulness can bring you joy and good health into your life. By developing greater awareness in the present moment through mindfulness, you can experience lower anxiety, depression, anger and worry. More and more research shows that mindfulness practices can not only reduce stress and stress-related medical symptoms, but that it can help enhance emotional well-being and quality of life.
Eating mindfully is an experience that engages all parts of your body, heart, and mind in choosing, preparing, and eating food. This mindful practice involves all the senses—taste, sight, smell, touch, and even sound. Through mindful eating you can learn to be fully present when you eat by reawaken to the pleasure that comes with simply eating.
Mindful eating enables you to experience the joy of food. The practice of eating mindfully allows you to be curious as you explore your thoughts and feelings with regard to food and to pay attention to your inner cues to hunger and satisfaction.
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Click here to download The Basic Mindful Eating Exercise.