Living life in the here and now without any judgments or attachments to your experience is what mindfulness is all about. The more we practice mindfulness, the more skilled we can become with taking control of our mind. As we experience reality as it is by living in the moment, we can reduce our personal pain and suffering and increase happiness by not thinking about our past or future, simply living in the present moment.
Start practicing mindfulness today with these helpful steps:
- Make Time. You don’t need to always be alone in a cross-legged position on the floor to meditate. You can pause during your day in your parked car. You can sit at a bench in the park. You can even practice being mindful in your office at work.
- Observe the Present Moment. Bring your mind to a focus on either your breath, your body, or what is around you. You do not need to keep your thoughts silent, but simply notice what you may be thinking. Notice any emotions, urges, sensations, or judgments that may arise.
- Return To The Present Moment. Our minds often wonder around being carried away with thoughts. Acknowledge those thoughts, and bring your mind back to the present moment. This may happen often during a mindfulness practice, but still continue to let go of distractions and bring your mind to the present moment again and again.
- Allow Judgments To Pass. When you notice any judgments arise in your mind as you practice being mindful, just notice them and let them go. Be gentle and bring your mind to the practice.