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What is Mindfulness?

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by Clay Steele (subscribe)
Nutritionist & Life Coach Meeting all requirements to call myself so (i.e. none)
Published February 26th 2019
Study after study has shown the benefit of meditation but most people don't want to shave their heads, wear orange robes and say "OOOOOOOOOOMMMMMMMMMMM" for 23 hours a day, this being the image that the word 'meditation' conjures for many.

Mindfulness, meditation, headspace, monk
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So what is in a name? Quite a bit really. I've spoken before about how Mindfulness seems a lot more appealing than Meditation.

Mindfulness is officially one kind of meditation - and it is simply taking time out from your internal monologue. That's it. Simple to define, difficult to do.

As the Headspace Mindfulness App will tell you, the mind is a "thought machine". Mindfulness is focusing on something else and just letting the thoughts drift by, like traffic on a road or clouds in the sky.

One simply has to focus on something else, for instance, their breathing, a body part, a specific sound. Your mind will wander away when a particularly vexing thought catches it but the secret to mindfulness is to jump off that tram when you find yourself caught on it and come back to whatever it is you were focussing on.

Keep breathing. That's all. In, out, in, out. "I've got to answer that email" back to your breath. "I shouldn't have said that to so-and-so". Let it go. Breathe. "I don't have enough money". Let it go. Breathe. The more time you can find for this the better but whatever you can spare will do wonders for your mental health.

There are countless resources online, recorded podcasts of guided meditations and just about every second 'life coach' blog.

So have a go!
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