What is Mindfulness & Why Try It?
Wednesday, July 10, 2019
Mindfulness is nonjudgmental awareness of what is. It is seeing what is around you without interpreting. It is experiencing everything that goes on around you without thoughts about value or worth.
Mindfulness is focused attention on the present moment. It is staying in the moment, rather than the future or the past. It keeps us out of unhealthy patterns of catastrophizing about the future or focusing on regretful thoughts about losses/mistakes that have already happened.
Focusing on future problems or past struggles intensifies emotions. “What if” thoughts about the future cause anxiety. Judgmental or regretful thoughts about the past can cause depression, shame, guilt. Both lead to RUMINATION and AVOIDANCE.
Why Try It?
Mindfulness targets factors that trigger emotional problems.
Rumination (worry) focuses your attention on distress and possible causes or consequence.
Whereas mindfulness keeps you in the moment and prevents time traveling.
Experiential Avoidance is the numbing of or suppressing of strong emotions.
When you are mindful, you observe how emotions rise, crest, and slowly diminish. It helps you see emotions as a single aspect of your current experience.
Mindfulness can and should be practiced both on and off your yoga mat. Give it a try!