Mindfulness Gives You The Power
Learning to manage stress, act out of choice instead of reflex, and clear your thoughts to gain insight and perspective are likely key ingredients that will help you achieve your goals. Mindfulness is the practice of nonjudgmental awareness in each moment as it arises, and this simple activity will immediately change your life when practice correctly. Many people feel ruled by their busy or impulsive minds. Racing or intrusive thoughts, the overwhelming need to multitask, or a default autopilot might be dictating your behaviors, thoughts, and feelings during the course of your day. Whatever goal you identify on your path to a better life, slowing down your mind and regaining control is the first step.
The Flavors of Awareness
There are many ways to practice mindfulness despite the common association with wearing loose fitting clothes and sitting on a meditation cushion in silence. Mindfulness at its core just means “singular awareness.” The object of this awareness can vary depending on the goals or personal preference. Some people practice mindful eating, walking, brushing their teeth, listening, or even petting their cat. The culmination of this way of being is often called “Mindful Living.” Whatever your goals, slowing down your mind, adding intentional awareness, and exchanging reflex for choice will likely help you achieve them.
Simplicity Tames Complexity
The simple practice of focusing your attention can help you achieve many different goals. Some specific ways that mindfulness might help you are:
- Anxiety: Deep, calm breathing can slow down a racing mind, increase coping skills, and also provide you with a different perspective on the stressors in your life.
- Sleep: Preparing your mind and body for sleep is not always simple. Learning specific techniques to lull yourself into a deep sleep along with ways to accept your struggle can significantly improve quality and duration of sleep.
- ADHD: The practice of bringing your awareness back to a single point of focus (i.e. your breath) improves sustained attention and helps combat a distracted mind.
Sounds Great! Where is the Fast Lane?
Traditionally, clearing one’s mind and finding tranquility takes years of practice if not a lifetime. However, with modern technology, there are tools available to speed up this process. Neurofeedback offers a trained clinician direct access to the areas of the brain that are responsible for attention, racing thoughts, or feelings of relaxation. You can read more about this innovative adjunct for any mindfulness practitioner by reviewing this page on neurofeedback therapy.