Hello hellooo Gorgeous!
I have notice in my journey that, as in any other new knowledge based phases in our life, there’s a bunch of new concepts we completely ignore and have no idea on how or when to use them. People that knows the concept use them frequently, to make an impacting statement, and all I was getting in my head was a fluffy lamb with a poker face. It feels awful! Not only because I didn’t understand fully what they were talking about, also because I felt so guilty, this person is giving the speech of his life, with all this enthusiasm and joy to get the message across, and I didn’t have the courage to ask or interrupt to ask a simple question: – What exactly does mindfulness mean? =}
Therefore, I have chosen to start by clarifying the meanings of the concepts I touch upon in our Blog. To make it more understandable, more accurate and to remove all the fog of confusion that grows around an unknown word. So, as we go in this shared journey, we all get to learn, connect with the true meaning of the word we use to define that experience, but most importantly, to get the MOST out of this beautiful experience!
I always, always check on the definition of a word I don’t understand, or I think I understand, most of the time I get it realize I was so wrong, no wonder I was feeling all lost and confuse (let’s blame the misunderstood word for that one XD).
So, let’s get to it and I know you are going to get great value out of these series of posts! If you know someone who this post might be of help, don’t forget to share.
Here are some well-known sites and their definitions:
mind·ful·ness | \ ˈmīn(d)-fəl-nəs \
Definition of mindfulness
1: the quality or state of being mindful
2: the practice of maintaining a non-judgmental state of heightened or complete awareness of one’s thoughts, emotions, or experiences on a moment-to-moment basis
also: such a state of awareness
“[Mindfulness is] the state or quality of being mindful or aware of something.”
“[Mindfulness is] the practice of being aware of your body, mind, and feelings in the present moment, thought to create a feeling of calm.”
Mindfulness is the psychological process of bringing one’s attention to experiences occurring in the present moment, which one can develop through the practice of meditation and through other training. Mindfulness is derived from sati, a significant element of Buddhist traditions, and based on Zen, Vipassanā, and Tibetan meditation techniques.
According to the American Psychological Association (APA.org, 2012), mindfulness is:
“…a moment-to-moment awareness of one’s experience without judgment. In this sense, mindfulness is a state and not a trait. While it might be promoted by certain practices or activities, such as meditation, it is not equivalent to or synonymous with them.”
“The awareness that arises from paying attention, on purpose, in the present moment and non-judgmentally” (Kabat-Zinn, in Purser, 2015).
AHA! I think we have a good idea of what this concept is about, yet again I’d like to put it in my own words. How is that?
Mindfulness means preserving a moment-by-moment awareness of our thoughts, feelings, body sensations, and surrounding environment, through a gentle, non-judgmental approach.
This practice involves acceptance, meaning that we pay attention to our thoughts and feelings without judging them—without believing, for example, that there’s a “right” or “wrong”, “good” or “bad” way to think, to feel in that precise moment.
When mindfulness is in full effect, our thoughts aligned to what we’re feeling in the present moment (the NOW) instead than repeating the past like a broken record or imagining the future in a permanent illusion of what is yet to be.
Mindfulness is not a technique you learn from someone else to get in touch with yourself, Mindfulness is already in all of us, like a factory built-in setting that cannot be removed, although we might have forgot about it for a little while, there’s nothing to worry about, if you are reading this beautiful post I wrote for you, it means your intuition is leading you to the right place to remember those gifts we where born with, to make the MAX out of this experience.
Mindfulness can be reboot and initiated all over again! WOOHOOO great news, right? But how?
Is simple, meditation!
Mindfulness meditation gives us a time in our frenetic lives to suspend judgment and release whatever else is happening, has happened or is to happen just to be in the NOW, teaching us to approach our experience with warmth and kindness—to ourselves and others. Cute huh? Yes, I like it too.
This is all for this post, I really hope it made a difference in your understanding about this gorgeous concept and how it can improve the quality of our lives, massively!
Big HUG Hugs!
Cheers, until the next post!