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What does being mindful really mean?

June 17, 2022

Mindfulness is the state of being conscious or aware of something, whether it’s our surroundings, a movement, or our own thoughts.

A common misconception with mindfulness is that it needs to revolve around a meditation, yoga, scented candles and relaxing music. Many are already experiencing the benefits of a mindfulness practice but don’t realise it. It’s important to acknowledge this to break down any barriers to the many benefits that mindfulness can give to us all.

Can you think of an activity that facilitates you to be aware of your own movements, thoughts and emotions?

For many, this comes from hobbies such as drawing, painting, physical exercise, or playing a musical instrument. If you make the time for these activities every day and they leave you feeling calm and clear minded, you may not see the benefits of a direct mindfulness practice.

It’s important to understand that there are many ways to get the same outcome and benefits that are promoted through mindfulness practices. A great comparison is dieting, there are many techniques and methods to become a healthier version of yourself.

If you know there is a certain activity that leaves you feeling calm and clear minded but you can’t access it daily, do you have the opportunity to recreate this environment in a different way to find the same benefits? This can take some trial and error, but it’s worth investing the time for your wellbeing.

The reason mindfulness practice through apps and other guided breathing practices has become so popular is that the barriers to participation are so small. You can do this type of practice pretty much anywhere, at any time. We recommend trying one of the free guided meditation apps, such as ‘Calm’ or ‘Headspace’.

It is important to acknowledge that this type of practice doesn’t need to be about ‘treating an issue’. It’s to allow you to be the best version of yourself and feel on top form as much as possible.

We have lots of resources on our YouTube channel to help you with mindfulness including an audio called ‘Guided Visualisation’ to help you feel calm and clear minded.

Did you find this helpful?

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