Everything you need to know about Mindfulness

Mindfulness is the observation of our thoughts and feelings, with accepted release and non-criticism. It is in short how you perceive your experiences and how you deal with them. To live with consciousness, which is the Greek word for mindfulness, means to live in the present, in the moment.

When you are in the here and now you can see things differently, from a different perspective, through a new lens. Difficulties, thoughts and feelings, remain difficult but by stopping fighting them you can manage them better and not get carried away in chain reactions. By observing the way you think and feel, by remaining "grounded" you gain a piece of self-knowledge and this offers you a sense of security.

If you are wondering if Mindfulness is a trend, a passing fad, you may be convinced by the many in-depth studies that confirm its benefits, such as reducing stress, increasing concentration, reducing irritability and more. many. This all sounds too good to be true… right? Where is the trap? Mindfulness is not a pill, it is not offered, it requires work and practice.

You can consciously live your daily life in simple ways. As Jan Kabat-Zinn suggests, it can be as simple as wondering at various times of the day "am I here now?" If you are honest the answer at the beginning will very often be "no". When we drive, when we walk, when we talk to a friend, when we make love… are we always there? Another simple way of mindfulness is to observe in detail our experience, the thoughts we make, our feelings, our senses. When I walk I perceive the smells, the colors around me, the muscles that are activated, etc.

The basic practice of mindfulness is meditation. But not as you might imagine. You are not trying to stay still, completely focused in order to empty your mind, reach other levels and dominate your thoughts. The meditation of consciousness has to do with the observation of experience. The mind, of course, will get away, it is restless and it goes arbitrarily from one thought to another. Your goal is to observe it, to perceive your thought, the feeling and to choose if you want to put it aside, not to deal with it at the moment. The easiest way to start the effort is to breathe, it is always there for you and it is easy to monitor your body's processes when you breathe. So you use it as an anchor and return to it when you want to leave behind the thought that went through your mind. Our ultimate goal is to accept our every experience, thought or feeling and not to get rid of them.