How to start Mindfulness for non-believers

Mindfulness is a word that has cropped up recently and seems to be the latest buzzword.

Researchers define it as the awareness that arises when we intentionally pay attention in a kind, open, and insightful way. When we are mindful, we focus on the present moment non-judgmentally. Sounds lovely right, but what does it actually mean? If you are like me, my thoughts around mindfulness immediately gravitate towards meditation and in my experience, Meditation hasn’t always been as serene as portrayed in popular culture and yoga magazines. On the contrary - I usually feel more stressed out particularly because my approach is to tell myself “You NEED to chill, take a breath, RELAX!” Result - NOT RELAXED.

After reading several articles and other materials on the topic, my understanding is that Mindfulness is our human ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we’re doing, and (this is a biggie), not be overly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s going on around us.

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