The Basics of Mindfulness

When people tell me they have an emotional problem or a problem focusing, I’ll ask, “Have you ever considered practicing mindfulness? Almost always they’ll say no. They tell me they think it’s too complicated or takes too much time. That’s because they don’t understand the basics of mindfulness.

What is Mindfulness?

One of the basics of mindfulness is knowing what it is. Simply put, mindfulness is paying attention to what you are doing. It means being present in the here and now.

A great thing about mindfulness is it doesn’t take a lot of time. It does take some effort though. By effort, I mean purposefully paying attention.

This is one of the basics of mindfulness. Purposefully paying attention.

Being Present

Being present is simply the act of bringing your attention back to what is happening right now. You already have everything you need to be present. All you have to do is think about bringing your focus back to what you are doing, as you do it.

This is another of the basics of mindfulness. Bringing your attention back to the what you’re doing, right now.

How Can You Make a Practice of Mindfulness?

You can begin incorporating mindfulness into your life today, this minute. You won’t need any fancy equipment. You don’t have to fly to India or China to study.

Also, you don’t need to possess any unique abilities. You don’t need to change your personality. You don’t have to exercise to get into better physical shape.

All you have to do is learn to be present and pay attention.

Step by Step Basics of Mindfulness

The following are step by step basics of mindfulness. These steps are easy to follow and will quickly help you to learn how to be present and pay attention.

  1. Locate a quiet place with as few disturbances as possible. This place should be free of all electronic devices.
  2. Find a comfortable place to sit.
  3. Sit comfortably. Observe how you feel.
  4. Notice your thoughts. As you notice your thoughts, let them float by, just like a cloud in the sky.
  5. Ask yourself, “Where is my mind now?” After you ask, return your attention to the present.
  6. When your mind wanders be kind to yourself. Accept this. It’s okay. This is exactly what minds do. Simply bring your mind gently back to the present moment.
  7. Continue to follow these steps for a few minutes.

Making Mindfulness a Habit

The reason you practice the basics of mindfulness is to turn them into a habit. You’re developing the habit of building space into your life.

As you practice, you’ll find this space expanding. This space allows you to slow down your reactions. It gives you the ability to respond calmly. It brings joy into your life.

Use these basics of mindfulness to train your mind to focus on the present. You can use them to develop thoughtfulness. They will help you pay attention to what’s going on in front of you, right now.

As you do this, your mind will become sharper. Your life will become calmer. Your production will skyrocket. Your happiness will soar. All this as a result of simply learning to be here, right now.

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