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Mindfulness – living in the moment

October 21st, 2014 by Oliver Frings
reading time: 2-3 minutes

Mindfulness has become quite a popular term and many people have heard of it. But what is mindfulness, and what does it mean? Continue reading to uncover one of the definitions.

First it’s important to keep in mind, that mindfulness is not a newly invented philosophy. It stems from Buddhism and is one of Buddha’s teachings over 2500 years ago. The philosophy has gained increased recognition in modern Western psychology intensely over the last decade. Being mindful means to objectively observe your own feelings and thoughts from a distance. In turn, you’re attentive to the present and you ensure that you’re not letting life pass you by. Practising this philosophy does not have to be hard, it can basically be narrowed down to three steps: firstly stop what you are doing, secondly breathe in and out – now think about thinking.

Mindfulness can help us focus our attention to different aspects of for example our emotions. We want to focus on compassion, kindness and optimism and other positive traits. The purpose of this is to help in being more kind to both others and ourselves and to generally feel better.

One of the biggest advantages of mindfulness is, that it can be practised at any time no matter where you are. You don’t need preparations, and you don’t need to practise yoga. You can even use it to calm yourself before a big meeting, a speech or something else that requires you to not lose focus.

Practising mindfulness is an individual experience, but it has common denominators. We have gathered some tips if you want to practise the philosophy as well:

Don’t get stuck in the past and don’t worry about the future. Try to live in the present and be open to what happens, it may not be as you expected or anticipated. Be aware of what happens around you and how you feel.

Be open to your own feelings and believe that you can handle them. Keep in mind that your feelings change over time, so let yourself feel. Don’t perceive your feelings as bad or good. All feelings are justified and they are there for a purpose, so learn to accept them. Don’t judge yourself, just as you shouldn’t judge other people.

See things clearly and accept reality, knowing that you can handle and tolerate anything that should come up. And most importantly be compassionate towards other human beings, towards nature and towards yourself.

If you want to be philosophically inspired and get help in the search for better mindfulness, please take a look at our yoga books or come and visit our two stores in Barcelona, Spain. For more information, feel free to visit our website.

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