The word mindfulness is showing up everywhere. Mindfulness is today where exercise and nutrition were in the mid 20th century. It is being recognized as something that has been proven to be an essential component to our health and wellbeing, but not 100% understood.
Mindfulness is the ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we are doing in the present moment.
Just like any other skill you want to improve on it must be practiced consistently, and can be done so both formally and informally. A formal practice would be setting aside 10 min at the beginning of your day to meditate. An informal practice would be where one chooses to mindful during routine tasks and daily activities.
As you discover your personal practice of mindfulness, you will never cease to find an end to how it can positively effect your life. You will start to see an improvement in managing difficult emotions and stress, have an easier time with behavioral choices such as making changes in your sleeping and eating habits, and you will find your relationships growing stronger. As you continue to practice mindfulness you will continue to strengthen your mind, body, and spirit.
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