Updated: Oct 21, 2022
Mindfulness means maintaining a moment-by-moment awareness of our thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, and surrounding environment, through a gentle, nurturing lens. Where consciousness stands for being indulged at the moment with all the senses awakened with jaded eyes.
Mindfulness consciousness also involves acceptance, meaning that we pay attention to our thoughts and feelings without judging them—without believing, for instance, that there’s a “right” or “wrong” way to think or feel in a given moment. When we practice mindfulness, our thoughts tune into what we’re sensing in the present moment rather than rehashing the past or imagining the future.
Simple as it may sound, mindfulness transforms how we relate to events and experiences. It creates a more spacious way of being in a world that is less reactive and generally happier.
How to practice mindfulness in daily life?
Open awareness is the best method for practicing mindfulness since it helps you stay in the now and fully engage in certain life events. Any activity or moment, such as eating, going on a walk, having a shower, preparing food, or working in the garden, can be used to develop open awareness.
Benefits of practicing consciousness
Your well-being may be significantly enhanced through mindfulness, which also enables you to live a fulfilling life. The goal of awareness is to reach that zone where the mind controls our thoughts, words, and actions. The ability to control the caliber of our thoughts gives us the power to consciously direct the trajectory of our life.
Mindfulness Vs Consciousness
Being more intensely aware of what is going on around you is the definition of consciousness.
Awareness is given direction through mindfulness. Humans become attached to the outside world and lose sight of their own essence when their awareness is focused outward. Understanding both the inner and outside worlds requires a balance of consciousness. Having this understanding enables one to comprehend reality.
1). Find your purpose
Intention refers to the underlying motivation for everything we think, say, or do. From the brain’s perspective, when we act in unintended ways, there’s a disconnect between the faster, unconscious impulses of the lower brain centers and the slower, conscious, wiser abilities of the higher centers like the pre-frontal cortex.
Given that the unconscious brain is in charge of most of our decision-making and behaviors, this practice can help you align your conscious thinking with a primal emotional drive that the lower centers care about. Beyond safety, these include motivations like a reward, connection, purpose, self-identity and core values.
2). Be aware of your sensations
Move your attention gently through your body and notice any sensations that are there. There is a world of wisdom behind your sensations. Can you feel your aliveness? Maybe there’s a ‘deadness’ or a heaviness in you. Try to let go of any need to judge, understand or change those sensations. Just notice them. Let them be, and then let them go.
3). Inculcate gratitude
When we practice gratitude, we have to focus our attention on what is positive in our lives in the present moment. It gently brings the good stuff to the forefront of our mind so that we are able to more easily come back into the now moment, instead of fretting about the future or rehashing the past. By focusing on the positive we then become more available to create a more positive future.
4). Eat your food with mindfulness
It’s easy enough to reduce eating to a sensation of biting, chewing, and swallowing. Who hasn’t eaten a plateful of food without noticing what they’re doing? Yet eating is one of the most pleasurable experiences we engage in as human beings, and doing it mindfully can turn eating into a far richer experience, satisfying not just the need for nutrition, but more subtle senses and needs. When we bring our full attention to our bodies and what we are truly hungry for, we can nourish all our hunger.
5). Practice yoga
Although yoga is a physical exercise, it is also a cerebral exercise. Your mind is developing self-control, self-acceptance, and awareness as your body stretches, bends, and flexes. You become much more conscious of both your body and all the feelings it experiences as well as your mind and all the thoughts that run through it.
6). Be aware of your body’s functions
The body functions without your participation – you breathe automatically, your heart beats continuously and your bodily functions keep going regardless of what you do. But the body is constantly sending us messages through sensations in the body. Take a moment and check in with your body – what do you notice?
Where are you holding tension? Do you have aches or pains? Do you feel heavy or light? Bringing your attention to your body can help realign your attention to the present but also connects you to the information you need to take better care of your body. For more tips on how to lean into body wisdom, you can check out my new course on building more confidence.
7). Do conscious breathing
Most individuals don't concentrate on the advantages of relaxing, taking deep breaths while sitting up straight, pulling in fresh air completely with each inhalation, fully expelling it, and then repeating. By doing this with complete focus, you can develop self-awareness while also relaxing and recharging.
8). Surf through your cravings
As you become aware of any needs or cravings, let them be there and notice how they feel as they sit within you. Habits, cravings or addictions do damage by creating automatic responses within us. The urge appears, and we instantly respond. Sometimes the response to satisfy the urge is so automatic, it happens without any real awareness or conscious thought. Try something different. Try to expand the space between your awareness of the urge and your response. Let the urge or craving be there, and try staying with the discomfort that comes with that. Rather than moving to get rid of the discomfort, acknowledge the certainty that the discomfort will soon pass on its own.
9). Reflect on your life
The key to effective reflection is to examine your thoughts, feelings, and behaviours to determine where you fulfilled your standards, where you fell short of them, and where you may improve. This can be done through a variety of methods, such as journaling or making a post.
10). Make a journal
When you go back to your notebook over time, recording your thoughts, feelings, and actions can help you become more self-aware. Thought patterns may be found, both positive and negative, but writing can be enlightening in itself.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
1. Is mindfulness the right practice
Anyone who wants to feel more in charge of their thoughts rather than having their thoughts control them should practice mindfulness.
Being attentive can enable us to mentally distance ourselves from the unfavorable habitual thoughts that can cloud our judgement, undermine our self-worth, or impede our interactions with others. It won't solve your problems, but it can help you acquire some viewpoints and the ability to look beyond them.
2. What is mindfulness?
Your mind has the intrinsic ability to be mindful of this moment, just as it is. Although it may seem straightforward, our minds frequently only have a partial awareness of the situation we are in. We are preoccupied with concerns about the future or dwelling on the past.
3. How long will it take to learn mindfulness?
Comparable to inquiring how long it takes to learn how to play the music, this question is. Although you can start making sounds right away, it will take time and practice to get to the point where playing the music is actually simple and natural for you (and sounds perfect). In the other words, practicing gets easier and you get more skilled the more space and time you dedicate to it.
4. What are beginner tips for practicing mindfulness?
Start with a coffee cup and experience what it is like to actually sit down and have a cup of coffee. Smell the fragrance, experience the warmth, enjoy the food, and so on. Also, whenever your thoughts start to wander to worries about tomorrow or conversations from yesterday, force them to return to this present because it is the only moment you can actually live and influence. This is what we mean when we say that it was a purposeful pause.
5. Can an emotionally unstable person follow mindfulness?
Emotional intelligence is the capacity to recognize, control, and understand one's own emotions as well as those of others. This might assist you in maintaining an open mind and respecting the opinions of others. When you are able to sense an emotion, label it—for instances, rage, envy, or love—and then convey it to others, you have demonstrated emotional maturity. You may learn a practice called mindfulness to help you become more tuned into and conscious of inner emotions.