So glad you opened your heart to journeying inward!
I am deeply honoured that you are here.
Mindfulness is such a potent subject covered by countless gurus, mystics, philosophers, psychologists, therapists, and many many others! I thought I’d break it down to make this as simple as possible with resources I highly regard as gurus/mentors. I really believe that this is something that should have always been taught in school! Today, there are so many schools where mindfulness practice is introduced and implemented ~ It is so very needed in all communities!
“I define mindfulness as the practice of being fully present and alive, body and mind united. Mindfulness is the energy that helps us to know what is going on in the present moment.”
~ Zen Master, Thich Nhat Hanh (from article by Aleisha Maunu)
Each moment throughout the day, taking quiet time for yourself to connect and being present increases awareness, happiness, peace, focus, appreciation, and many other wonderful perks! Isn’t it funny how the people who are too busy for meditation are the most frantic and disconnected from self? It only takes +5 minutes to get centered and grounded. I know for me, it has made an enormously noticeable difference in my life!
This image below by John Shearer is one of my favourite acronyms to stay aligned and mindful! I have this written on the inner cover of my reflection notebook:
“Mindfulness is a way of experiencing the world on a moment to moment basis, giving you greater clarity and a deep inner peace. It is a way of viewing life with the freshness and newness of children’s eyes, where you gain the insight of freedom, openness and acceptance. Mindfulness gives you the resilience to deal with life’s difficulties, truly appreciate life’s joys and heightens your capacity for intuition and creativity.” ~ John Shearer (“About Mindfulness“)
Mindfulness practice has been through clinical research and has shown significant change in various psychological conditions! Though sometimes it is hereditary to have these conditions, a lot of times it stems from the past. Mindfulness is all about being present in the Now so this is such a wonderful way of realigning the mind and to become masters of the mind.
“With the rise of mental illness and the increasingly pressing need for effective treatments, there’s never been a more important moment for mindfulness — the ability to cultivate a focused, non-judgmental awareness on the present moment. Research has shown mindfulness and meditation-based programs to hold promise for treating a number of psychiatric conditions, including depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, bipolar disorder and obsessive-compulsive disorder.”
~ Huffington Post (How Mindfulness Is Revolutionizing Mental Health Care)
This here is just scratching the surface of what mindfulness is and all the benefits.
If you are interested in more resources on the topic of mindfulness, click on the links above or search on the vastness of the internet! There is so much out there! Feel free to click around on Bliss*Love*Light for blog posts on mindfulness.
Alright, over and out, my friends!
Bliss & Bless*