To start thinking about mindfulness it is necessary to take many steps back. It is not today that the human being has practiced habits that can be a path to a more harmonious, balanced, healthy life and reflection of a lot of inner peace. Yoga, meditation and many practices related to ayurveda are examples of this.
Today, we hear a lot about practices that help us focus on work, study or whatever we’re doing, watching a movie for example. It also discusses how to carry out the activities in a more calm and quiet way, without much stress. And that’s what brings attention for the focus of the conversation, after all, it is ideal practice for us to follow life in this way. The first step towards achieving the goals of “mindfulness”, as it is called in Portuguese, is to understand what it really is, what the real benefits are and how to practice. Here we go?!
THE BEGINNING OF MINDFULNESS
In 1979, the professor Jon Kabat-Zinn created the program Stress reduction based on mindfulness – MBSR, an 8-week course developed at the School of Medicine at the University of Massachusetts. People who participated in the course and tests went through various activities in order to control chronic pain that no longer responded to drugs.
The aim of the course was for the group of patients to achieve better quality of life and well-being through a mindfulness technique that had recently been named: mindfulness – largely based on meditation and Buddhist practices, but now applied by a doctor .
Mindfulness, they are concentration exercises that help focus and focus on the present moment. That is, a way to be more attentive, aware and perform tasks more objectively. The idea is to be in the here and now without distractions, external thoughts from the past and the future.
Much is said about mindfulness when applied to companies, in relation to productivity, for example. However, as it is based on meditation and Buddhism, the practice is aimed at something much broader. It is, above all, the presentification of being, about living fully any kind of situation, self-knowledge and other factors related to well-being as a whole.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS?
The first point to think about is that mindfulness is an intentional activity, that is, a practice that intentionally aims to perform benefits. And that when performed frequently it has continuous effects.
In general, the presentification it’s already quite a benefit. Still, other positive feelings that come from it are also quite interesting. The fact of being in the here and now causes a greater development of emotional intelligence and empathy, giving the ability to better understand feelings, get to know each other better and improve relationships with people.
There is also a lot of improvement in mental health, such as anxiety, depression, stress and negative thoughts. This is all due to the focus and concentration, which makes the activities can be carried out with greater calm and fullness.
HOW TO PRACTICE MINDFULNESS?
Practices are diverse, some more specific and others that speak a lot about our routine, habits. In general, the practice that most encompasses all activities is related to self-knowledge and observation of their activities. To make this easier, the tip is: breathe the medicated dust! Breathing is always a great alternative to calm us down and raise brain concentration levels. Meditation is a sure way to learn to focus and breathe 🙂 Even if you are interested in the topic, we have a post with tips for free apps to meditate: click here.
That said, let’s go to some habits that you can apply from today in your day to day:
- Breathe and watch the air coming and going.
- listen all the sounds around you.
- Observe how you eat, walk, brush your teeth, pee, put on makeup.
- Feel the environment you are in, the colors, the energy, the textures.
- Break consciously in the middle of an activity, relax, come back.
- Understand about mindfulness and connect with people who are practicing too.
So, you already knew the attention? These are just general tips on the subject, but if you have a lot of concentration and focus problems the ideal is to get help from a therapist, ok? 🙂