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Mindfulness vs Mindlessness

Mindfulness 360 - Center for Mindfulness | 4:14

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Mindfulness is the broad term used for bringing our attention to the present moment in an open, kind, and nonjudgmental way, it is simply a skill, a way of seeing and a way of being that can allow us to engage more fully with our life, bringing us less stress and more happiness. This skill of mindfulness can be developed in two ways, formally through meditation practices, or informally by simply aligning our thoughts with our behaviors in everyday life.


For example, giving your full attention to a person during conversation or observing the experience of making a cup of tea instead of getting caught up in thoughts, essentially stopping to smell the rose. Both methods of practice are beneficial and will support you to live with a greater degree of calm, clarity and connection.


The opposite of mindfulness is mindlessness or autopilot, kind of like taking the backseat and letting your thoughts and emotions drive your decisions and actions. Mindfulness works because it allows us to step out of our autopilot mode and get into the driver's. So instead of reacting, thinking in circles or repeating old habits, we are able to respond to the events in life with greater empowerment and choice.


We can all build our mindfulness muscle like a workout for the mind. You've perhaps glimpsed it when engaging in an activity. We love where we feel completely immersed in the moment. For example, whilst running, swimming, cooking, painting, or playing an in. Where our mind becomes calm and clear. Mindfulness is a tool that can allow us to bring this calm and clear perspective to all of our moments.


It helps to create space between us and our thoughts. It allows us to notice our thoughts, emotions, and our surroundings, and choose what we attach ourselves to and what we let pass by. Like clouds in the sky floating. Over time, this can allow us to be less stressed, less reactive, and more focused and connected.


This program will provide you with some formal and informal tools to guide you in building your mindfulness muscle. Sitting down to meditate is important for training your brain with time. The real magic will happen in the typical everyday moments of your. Whether you're chopping carrots, settling your crying baby, or responding to emails by bringing an open awareness to your situation, you are more likely to truly experience this journey of parenting rather than just reading the roadmap.


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