Mindfulness: How it Can Help you
Mindfulness certainly seems to be the buzzword of the moment, with every healthy magazine, blogger and instagrammer talking about it. But has anyone actually stopped to explain what it is, and why it is so important, or more importantly how it can be achieved. As far as we can see, no. And mindfulness really is as important as people are making out, it's not just for yogi's and those 'at peace with the world', it's for everyone. And it's really important, so we've broken it down for you.
WHAT IS MINDFULNESS?
To help explain, it's easiest to first explain mindlessness. I'm sure you've all heard the phrase 'going on automatic pilot' - this is mindlessness. You're sat with an empty plate in front of you realising you don't actually recall your meal, or you arrive at work with no recollection of the commute.
This basically happens when we are trying to juggle too many things (which lets face it, we all do) and we become lost amongst this, losing awareness of being 'present'.
Mindfulness therefore comes when you are aware of your present situation, notice the good things in life, listen to what your body is telling you and focus on telling yourself only positive thoughts.
HOW TO ACHIEVE MINDFULNESS?
Instead of examining past events and focusing on the future, live in the present. Become aware of your thoughts and feelings, and pay attention to whatever is currently happening instead.
Doing so will eliminate life's pressures, but it can also increase how calm you are when reacting to your surroundings; benefiting the heart, head and body. It removes unconscious emotional and physiological reactions to every day events and provides clarity, insight & understanding - all from simply being aware of your surroundings and present situation.
At pollen + grace, we definitely focus on the importance of mindfulness - being healthy isn't just about what you put in your mouth, but also how you respect and appreciate your body.
INTERESTED IN LEARNING MORE?
We've been in contact with yoga teacher and mindfulness coach Michael Townsend Williams to bring you a free workshop on mindfulness, the power of calm and how you can achieve it too.
Author of Do Breathe: Calm your mind. Find focus. Get stuff done (Do Books, 2015), Michael left the advertising industry and is now a yoga & mindfulness coach, attributing the benefits of integrating both 'doing' and 'being' to creating a mindful life.