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The Origins of Mindfulness

Mindfulness isn’t a new concept, although it’s rapidly gaining popularity in the West, especially in the field of psychology. Mindfulness is now part of both traditional psychology, which aims to help [more…]

What Mindfulness Means

Take a look at each concept that makes up the following definition of mindfulness: intentionally paying attention to your present moment experiences with compassion, curiosity, acceptance and openness [more…]

Types of Mindfulness Meditation

One of the areas of common confusion is the difference between mindfulness and meditation. Mindfulness meditation is an activity where you make time deliberately and consciously for cultivating mindfulness [more…]

Choose Your Mindfulness Learning Method

Discovering and integrating mindfulness into your life is similar to starting on a long journey. The first stage in the mindfulness journey is to find out about mindfulness. Do you prefer to learn from [more…]

Commit to Practice Mindfulness Regularly

You need to practice mindfulness regularly. If possible you need to practice the mindfulness meditations every day, or at least make an effort to be mindful in your daily activities as best you can. Your [more…]

Feel More in Tune with Your Body through Mindfulness

Being more effectively aware of and tuned into your bodily sensations often occurs when you study mindfulness. Feeling more in tune with your body provides the following benefits: [more…]

Boost Your Immune Function and Digestion with Mindfulness

Mindfulness is being increasingly used to treat a range of clinical conditions. In some cases, such as chronic pain and psoriasis, good evidence for its success has been reported. In other areas, the research [more…]

Calm Your Mind by Connecting with Your Senses

One of the simplest ways to practice mindfulness and calm your mind is to connect with one of your senses. Have a go at the following exercise: [more…]

Overcome the Negativity Bias with Mindfulness

Have you noticed that your mind finds it easier to focus on negative things rather than positive ones? Even if you consider yourself a positive person, if something frustrating happens during the day that [more…]

Improve Your Focus and Concentration with Mindfulness

You can improve your mental focus and increase your concentrations by practicing mindfulness. Being able to pay attention to one task at a time is so important; underestimating the value of this ability [more…]

Make Better Decisions by Practicing Mindfulness

Mindfulness takes a radical stand against habitual decisions and is all about making your decisions more conscious and considered — especially the important ones. You make decisions all day long: whether [more…]

Soothe Your Emotions by Practicing Mindfulness

Here, you discover the mindful way to manage emotions — the steps to take when you’re feeling low, excessively angry or uncomfortably anxious. Positive emotions can be a wonderful feeling. Joy, elation [more…]

Use Mindfulness to Get in Touch with Your Observer Self

Your sense of self, of who you are, is something most people take for granted. You probably think of yourself as a fixed entity that goes through the world thinking, feeling and doing things. But in fact [more…]

Let Go of Unhelpful Self Identification with Mindfulness

Identification in this context is when you feel deeply interconnected with something and it can be a real problem. Here are some sentences that you may say to yourself when you’re in a state of identification [more…]

Discover Your Deepest Intentions with Mindfulness

You may wonder why intention is so important in mindfulness. Well, the origins of the word give a clue. ‘Intention’ comes from the Latin meaning to ‘turn one’s attention’ and so intention is about pointing [more…]

Become More Mindful by Identifying Your Values

Values are the things that you believe are important in your life — your heart’s deepest desires about how you want to act. Identifying your values and moving towards them causes you to feel more satisfied [more…]

Unleash the Power of Attitude when You Practice Mindfulness

Attitude is predominantly about choice. You’re in control of your attitude; that’s what makes it so empowering. Attitude is an important part of not only practicing mindfulness, but also having a happier [more…]

Foster Acceptance when Practicing Mindfulness

Acceptance is a core attitude of mindfulness. Acceptance means allowing your experience to be just as it is, whatever it is, rather than fighting it. Acceptance doesn’t mean complacency or giving up. It [more…]

Practice Patience through Mindfulness

Mindful meditation isn’t guaranteed to bring you joy and peace every time you practice. It’s a skill you develop. Patience is an attitude that can help you with mindfulness. Patience can be challenging [more…]

Cultivate Beginner's Mind for Mindfulness

Seeing afresh or seeing with ‘beginner’s mind’ is a useful approach that can make you view life in a new way. The personal physician to His Holiness the Dalai Lama says, ‘Empty your bowl of yesterday’s [more…]

The Importance of Trust in Practicing Mindfulness

Trust is important in mindfulness because you can’t expect mindfulness to give instant results. You need to trust in the process for anything between a few weeks to a few months before you notice any benefits [more…]

Bring an Attitude of Curiosity to Your Mindfulness Practice

Curiosity is at the heart of any learning process. If you’re curious about something, you want to find out more about it. When you feel curious, you ask lots of questions, listen intently and get excited [more…]

Remain Playful and Light-Hearted when Practicing Mindfulness

A lovely attitude to have towards mindfulness and life in general is playfulness and light-heartedness. If a meditation doesn’t work for you first time or doesn’t feel right for you, don’t panic but think [more…]

Cultivate an Attitude of Gratitude when Practicing Mindfulness

You’re grateful when you’re aware of what you have rather than what you don’t. Mindfulness is the starting point for gratitude. Without mindfulness, you can’t be aware of all the things that are going [more…]

Encourage an Attitude of Forgiveness for Mindfulness

Forgiving others or yourself is a difficult thing to do. Being annoyed and angry with someone for a prolonged time isn’t beneficial for your wellbeing; to paraphrase Nelson Mandela, it’s like drinking [more…]

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