Friday, January 1, 2021

Noteworthy Benefits of Being Mindful Each Day

Mindfulness is the practice of purposely focusing our attention on the present moment, and accepting what we discover without judgment. 

Research shows mindfulness is an excellent way to reduce stress and increase happiness. Mindfulness meditation changes our brain and biology in positive ways, improving mental and physical health.

Jon Kabat-Zinn, scientist, author, meditation teacher and father of the mindfulness movement, is known for bringing mindfulness into the mainstream of medicine and society.

Kabat-Zinn defines mindfulness as “the awareness that arises from paying attention, on purpose, in the present moment and non-judgmentally.”

Mindfulness helps us observe our body, mind, and spirit and our surroundings just as they are, moment to moment. 

Scientific studies indicate this life skill technique can induce a relaxation response and ease pain, both physical and emotional. Continue Reading to see

Noteworthy Benefits of 

Being Mindful Each Day

When we are mindful it

1. Allows us to get off to a fresh start each day, viewing experiences with open-mindedness. Mindfulness training helps us observe ourselves, others, and happenings in a more objective way.

2. Helps us check in with ourselves and act with intention. When we do, we have the option of detaching from dramas and knee-jerk reactions, and pause to respond in a calmer, clear-headed way. 

3. Alerts us to times we feel depleted or vulnerable and need to be kind to ourselves. Restorative self-care practices including taking a nap, doing physical exercise, writing in a journal, reciting affirmations, or eating a nourishing meal mindfully, helps us feel refreshed and better able to take on the rest of our day. 

See more about Self-care Activities to Encourage Optimal Health here.

4. E
nables us to notice whatever we’re feeling physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. A fun way to help us become more self-aware is to use a color visualization, Colors of the Chakras, to create greater balance and ease.

5. Supports long-term mindfulness meditators, as we experience and overcome setbacks. Mindfulness helps us cope with challenges and focus on those thoughts, feelings, and behaviors that will help us move forward. This is an effective element of flexibility and personal growth. 

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6. Shows us how much time and energy we spend on distractions and observe how often we let our mind wander from our goals, priorities, and plans. 

Mindfulness also helps us have insights about our choices and observe how much time we reserve for people, places, and things that bring us pleasure, joy, and inspiration.

7. Empowers us to observe outmoded habits and work on replacing them with healthier ones. 

8. Can be practiced for free and as simply as taking 5 minutes to sit quietly and follow our breath. This economical self-care practice needs no special equipment or facility. Mindfulness activities are available in books, online, YOUTUBE or as apps for little or no charge. 

9. Helps us find compassion for ourselves and others. Studies show when we treat ourselves and others with lovingkindness, it increases our overall sense of wellbeing.

Perhaps by now you realize making a conscious effort to be more mindful has many benefits. They include the ability to sense the richness in life as it occurs, engage in activities wholeheartedly, have a greater capacity to recover from adversity, reduces stress, and enables us to fully awaken to ourselves.

Want to reap the benefits of adopting a mindfulness practice? It's as simple as setting the intention to take small steps each day to make mindful living a priority for 2021 and then following through. 💖

Before you go, please comment below. I'd love to know how many of these mindfulness benefits inspire you.

Do you already practice yoga, meditation, and/or use color visualizations to help you feel vitally alive? Please share about that too.

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  1. Nan,
    Thank you, your wise words and excellent examples inspire me! I practice yoga weekly, meditate daily, and yet, there is room for increased mindfulness. One day at a time.

    1. Thanks for your comment and visit. Glad you are well on your way and wish you many vibrant moments of mindfulness in the coming year.

  2. Lots of benefits of being mindful! Thanks so much for linking up with me at the #UnlimitedMonthlyLinkParty 20, open until January 26. Shared on social media.

    1. Thanks Dee for hosting and your social support. Wish you a productive January and many moments when you experience the richness of living mindfully.

  3. Nan,
    I find these tips on meditation and mindfulness very helpful. I especially like knowing I have the power to act with intention instead of jumping into the drama. I can pause and when ready respond in a clear headed fashion. Meditation helps me be aware that I have choices.

    1. Agree with you Beth. Meditation and mindfulness work so well together. These practices help us claim our power to act with intention instead of jumping into the drama. Have a beautiful day.

  4. Thank you Nancy. There is some really interesting insight regarding the benefits of mindfulness and meditation. I need reminders as I often have good intentions and get lazy or busy.. Meditation is so important.

    1. Thanks for the kind words Judee. I encourage you to take time to practice mindfulness meditation. Rewards are GREAT.