What is Mindfulness?
Mindfulness - What is it and Why Practice it ?
By Jenny Wilks, Gaia House
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Mindfulness in its most general sense is about waking up from a life on automatic.
“Mindfulness is the practice of paying attention in a way that creates space for insight." Sharon Salzberg
What is mindfulness by Thic Nat Hanh;
Most people are forgetful; they are not really there a lot of the time. Their mind is caught in their worries, their fears, their anger, and their regrets, and they are not mindful of being there. That state of being is called forgetfulness—you are there but you are not there. You are caught in the past or in the future. You are not there in the present moment, living your life deeply. That is forgetfulness.
The opposite of forgetfulness is mindfulness. Mindfulness is when you are truly there, mind and body together. You breathe in and out mindfully, you bring your mind back to your body, and you are there. When your mind is there with your body, you are established in the present moment. Then you can recognize the many conditions of happiness that are in you and around you, and happiness just comes naturally.
Benefits of Mindfulness;
Reduced stress, anxiety and irritability
Greater peace of mind
Improved creativity and productivity
Feeling happier and more fulfilled
Better, more loving relationships
Improved memory and decision-making
Boosted immune system