There are two types of mindfulness, formal and informal. Formal mindfulness is when we specifically create time to focus on being mindful of what we are feeling or thinking. Formal mindfulness is referred to as meditation. For some this involves sitting in a quiet space or practicing this during yoga for example.
Informal mindfulness happens when we intentionally decide to focus on the current moment during our day to day routine such as walking the dog. This would entail not just being aware that you are doing this but being ‘into’ the process – feeling the air on your face, observing the trees and experiencing the emotion. Informal mindfulness is what we do in daily life, giving it our full attention and awareness.
“Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and nonjudgmentally.”
Jon Kabat-Zinn, US medical professor. Founder of the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program at the University of Massachusetts Medical Centre.
With mindfulness we can learn to gel with the current moment in time. This allows us to manage the stresses of everyday modern life which entwine us in a web of anxiety, fear and constant mind chatter. The technique will teach you to observe your thoughts and feelings calmly. Switching off auto-pilot will help you become more aware of the world around you. Once you embrace mındfulness you will learn to truly live your life as a human being not a robot.
Evidence-Based Research Demonstrates Many Positive Benefits Of Mindfulness
If you still need convincing take a look at just some of the ways mindfulness can benefit:
- Lowers stress and anxiety levels
- Reduces depression
- Improves self esteem
- Improves immune system
- Reshapes the brain
- Improves overall efficiency by improving memory and focus
- Reduces memory loss
- Regulates emotions
- Helps weight loss
- Lowers judgmental attitudes
- Pain management
- Reduces addiction tendencies
If you are looking to create more balance and freedom in your life start becoming more mindful. This ancient practice has the potential to transform the way you live and show you a better way of enjoying the beautiful gift of life.