Goals of Mindfulness
Here you will identify what mindfulness can do for you.
What Is Mindfulness?
- Intentionally living with awareness in the present moment.
(Waking up from automatic or rote behaviors to participate and be present to our own lives.)
- Without judging or rejecting the moment.
(Noticing consequences, discerning helpfulness and harmfulness—but letting go of evaluating,
avoiding, suppressing, or blocking the present moment.)
- Without attachment to the moment.
(Attending to the experience of each new moment, rather than ignoring the present by clinging
to the past or grabbing for the future.)
What Are Mindfulness Skills?
- Mindfulness skills are the specific behaviors to practice that, when put together, make up
What Is Mindfulness Practice?
- Mindfulness and mindfulness skills can be practiced at any time, anywhere, while doing
anything. Intentionally paying attention to the moment, without judging it or holding on to it, is all
that is needed.
- Meditation is practicing mindfulness and mindfulness skills while sitting, standing, or lying
quietly for a predetermined period of time. When meditating, we focus the mind (for example,
we focus on body sensations, emotions, thoughts, or our breath), or we open the mind (paying
attention to whatever comes into our awareness). There are many forms of meditation that differ
mostly by whether we are opening the mind or focusing the mind—and, if focusing, depending
on what is the focus of our attention.
- Contemplative prayer (such as Christian centering prayer, the rosary, Jewish Shema, Islamic
Sufi practice, or Hindu raja yoga) is a spiritual mindfulness practice.
- Mindfulness movement also has many forms. Examples include yoga, martial arts (such as
Qigong, tai chi, akido, and karate), and spiritual dancing. Hiking, horseback riding, and walking
can also be ways to practice mindfulness.
What we get out of mindfulness
Reduce Suffering and Increase Happiness
- Reduce pain, tension, and stress
Increase Control of Your Mind
Experience Reality As It Is
- Live life with your eyes wide open
- Experience the reality of your….
- Connection to the Universe
- Essential “goodness”
- Essential validity
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