Mindfulness – What Is It And How Can It Help

mindfulnessMindfulness is described as the quality or state of being conscious or aware of something. It is also described as a mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, while only acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations. In layman’s terms it is a state of open consciousness where you are aware of things – thoughts, feelings, sensations – but from a distance. You are not judging and are just observing them. You are living in the moment so to speak. In my mind it is a close relative to meditation and they’re usually used together but can be separate.¬†Research has shown that mindfulness has many benefits beyond just relaxing the mind.

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It’s Time You Tried Meditating

meditationI’ve always looked kind of funny at the practice of meditation. When I heard the word I usually conjured up images of yogis, hippies and the new age movement. After years of reading about the benefits I decided to give it a try. I recently read a book called 10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works–A True Story by Dan Harris which got the ball rolling for me.

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