Living at the moment is truly a way to fully savor to the beauty of life in all its manifestations.
Mindfulness originated from the Buddhism concept of “Sati” which means to recognize every present moment by being in the event moment step by step without any attendance.
In year 1979, it was researched and developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn who introduced the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Program to adjust the chronic cases of discomfort.
From then on, Mindfulness Practice was adapted by the mainstream society and is now accepted as an alternative holistic healing therapy and Stress-Reduction method.
This practice slowly gain recognition and notoriety because it is personal in nature and can be applied in everything we do every day. But although it is easy to access, it takes a lot of conscious effort to master to shift our brain from developing random thoughts of past and future events.
The basic elements of mindfulness are focusing on the Present, Acceptance, Flow, Non-Judgment, Connection, Non-Attachment and Inner Peace.
• Focusing on the Present, means focusing on the different sensations through our senses, using our eyes to see, our nose to smell, our ears to hear, our sense of touch to feel and our sense of taste to savor and to appreciate the things around us.
Living in the present gives more happiness and sense of instant appreciation that with constant practice adds to our total wellbeing. Mindfulness helps us avoid worrying which triggers stress.
• Acceptance is acknowledging that there are things beyond our control and bound to happen. Emotions of anger, suffering, sadness and frustrations would keep on emerging from time to time. We just need to let them happen but do not let them paralyze us permitting us to enjoy the moments of today.
• Flow. This means allowing ourself to immerse totally in the task we are foing. We can apply it intentionally to our specific goals for the day. Tackle the most important things to do in our job and challenge ourself to finish them at the end of our shift. Be sure that our short-term goals are attainable and we have the skills to do it at once.
• Non-Judgment. This refers to being able to accept a train of thoughts without judging them as bad or good, keeping detached and letting them come and go without the pressure of acting on them is Mindfulness in action.
• Connection. Life is about connection and there are unnumbered kind of connections to establish with awareness and discernment. We are connected to the creator, to nature, to our life purposes, to different kind of people that are part of our unique existence.
• Non-Attachment. Mindfulness teaches us to let go of thoughts that are not mecessary to your well-being. As we practice this mental technique, we will notice that we are letting go of our attachments to certain feelings, thoughts, and memories; and even from people or situations that hold us back from enjoying the present.
• Peace and Tranquility. Mindfulness harnesses this elusive feelings that would alter our life for the better. It brings balance and harmony in the middle of storms of life. We Become our own oasis of peace and tranquility because we take control of our thoughts and we learn to feel them letting them go.
Author: Cristina Capucci