Mindfulness | 09th February 2022 | Virtual Wire
I once read that the mind is an instrument and that, depending on how you use it, it can be your best ally or your worst enemy. It's true.
The new lifestyle tools as well as simple resources to improve the quality of our thoughts come to challenge the current scenarios where we are bombarded with stress, worries, and anxiety. Although the idea of mindfulness goes back to the 70s, it is now where we come into contact with the great tool it is. But what is mindfulness? It is considered a tool and technique whose main purpose is to train and teach us to live in the present without judging it.
The practice is mainly based on 4 pillars. First, live in the present. As Master OOgway said in the Kung Fu Panda movie; "Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a gift, that's why it's called the present". We have a hard time contacting us with the simple present. If we were aware of our thoughts, we would notice that many refer to moments of the past or anxiety about the future and little to the now, which, ultimately, is what we are experiencing in our present.
The second idea is rooted in experience and relates to non-judgment. It is about achieving the ability to go through and observe the experiences of life from a focus free of judgment and prejudice. Observe what is. This can be easy when we consider that what we are experiencing and observing is "good" but it also has to be exercised when the opposite happens. The third pillar deals with acceptance. Accept what is and go through it trying to put aside resistance or thoughts and connect with another idea that is to let go, go, flow.
If we manage to incorporate mindfulness into our daily lives, we will see many benefits such as reduced stress and anxiety, greater concentration, better sleep, and mood. If you are interested in learning more about this technique, you can search in your city, neighbourhood or country and you will surely find many courses. It is only encouraged to try and see what happens.