The Truth Behind Mindfulness

Jessie Van Den Berg, Editor

Mindfulness, a mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations, used as a therapeutic technique. Mindfulness is something that everyone can improve and work on. I myself have started to dive a little deeper into this concept, so I want to share with you what I’ve learned.

Mindfulness can be practiced in many ways. You could take a walk outside by yourself, look at the beautiful scenery, and keep your breath at a smooth rhythm. Or you could try yoga. By doing yoga you’re creating slow movements, calming your breath, and focusing on your body. By focusing on your moving body it is easier to concentrate and not let your mind wander. One of the most common ways to practice mindfulness is meditation. For me, this is harder because you have to sit still and just concentrate on your own breathing which can be difficult for beginners because most of the time your mind will eventually start to wander. However, it is a good way for the more experienced people to practice mindfulness.

Now, why is even practicing this concept, in general, important? Well by practicing your breathing and being calm it will help you keep from reaching your “I’m going to explode” (imaginary) level. But, if (about) every day for 5 minutes you concentrate directly on your breathing, calmness, and stillness that level you be harder to reach in high stress or crisis situations.

All in all, acknowledging mindfulness can be super helpful and honestly quite relaxing. It gives you some time alone and time for improvement. A few examples of how to practice mindfulness is a walk in the neighborhood, yoga, or meditation. However, to figure out what mindfulness is to you is something that you will personally have to explore.