Still Mindful After All These Years...
What is being mindful? For me, being mindful is being aware or being in-tune with the present, what I'm doing, how I feel and what's going on around me. It's taking time out of my busy life to just focus on me, not change me, not change my circumstances, but get off the busy treadmill of life, allow myself to relax and just take care of me, even if only for a few minutes. Sort of like a mental "stop and smell the roses" moment.
In 2012, I started practicing Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) to help me better focus on my writing. Then, in January of 2014, I increased my daily mindful awareness (or being mindful) by attending a Mind-Body Skills Group at my local VA clinic.
What do I get from being mindful? A sense of inner peace and well-being, clarity of mind, body and
purpose, and most of all, a feeling of oneness between my conscious, my subconscious and my body.
The Mindfulness Revolution
In 2014, Time magazine devotion an entire issue to the Mindfulness Revolution. Unfortunately I didn't get a chance to see that issue, but I found this link to the primary article online.
I also found other articles branching off the Time website...entertaining articles you might want to check out:
How to Make Your Mind Happy, According to Neuroscience
5 Secrets to Making Your Mind Happy
Now, here's a few other informative links regarding Mindfulness and MBSR:
What is mindfulness meditation?
How will it being mindful help me?
Do I have to meditate?
How do I meditate?
I started meditating using the guided meditations I received from the VA. UCLA has free guided meditations available online (link below) that I have found to be just as good, if not better.
Free Mindfulness Apps
There are also many Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) classes out there and for first timers, they are often free. But check with the group before signing up!
I did find this link for a free online MBSR class based in Massachusetts. I have not "attended" this class, but as I strongly believe in MBSR, it's worth checking out...
Free Online MBSR class
I hope you've found this information helpful and maybe even a little inspiring. When I first heard about being mindful and mindfulness based meditation, I was skeptical. But I'm glad I took advantage of the opportunity to explore mindfulness. It really has improved my quality of life.
Still mindful after all these years... 😊 Thanks for reading!