Mindfulness is the practice of being aware of the present moment and being in tune with one’s present thoughts, feelings, and physical sensations from a non-judgmental perspective. Mindfulness is practicing acceptance of our present state of mind and beginning to acknowledge what’s happening for ourselves in the moment. Mindfulness is not the absence of thought, but rather attention to the auto-pilot-busyness that usually occurs. Often when we notice something in the present (notice what? be specific) our reaction is to judge it and react, usually from a default perspective which can restrict our options. Mindfulness can be a powerful tool for mental health (how? maybe make this clearer about how it’s a powerful tool and for what?.
By slowing down our automatic responses we become more aware of how we’re feeling, what emotions are coming up, and observe what is happening for us. Mindfulness allows the opportunity for more effective responses to come forward as we manage difficult emotions in a more responsive way rather than reactive way, increasing some control over those reactions and repetitive thought patterns. This can help you identify and address the root causes of some of those reactions and help us address them directly. This is how that might look: if you try something new, maybe a new hobby or interest, and it doesn’t go well, what does your self-talk sound like? do you tell yourself “I look stupid”, or maybe “I’m never going to be good at this”, or do you begin to question yourself, “why can’t I do this”. This can lead to deepening frustrations. How might this be different if you took a more aware and less judgmental approach?
Mindfulness is not always easy because our thoughts, feelings, and sometimes, physical discomfort arises that can distract us but starting small can be a great way to begin (this sentence could be clearer and maybe broken up?). Finding what works for you is important. Some people want a guided meditation to start; this can help focus the mind and draw attention back when it wanders. For others, they may prefer just a background noise of nature, such as a river or rainforest, something that brings comfort and a sense of peace. Check out some of the links below and see if any of them work for you!
Guided mindfulness meditations:
10 minute meditation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lVx3mFxML80
5 minute meditations, focus: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zSkFFW–Ma0
For stress: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z6X5oEIg6Ak
Before sleep: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2K4T9HmEhWE&t=165s
Nature mindfulness meditations:
Rivers sounds: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VXPXkAhB6ek
Calming singing bowls: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lkkphUxeH_k&t=2369s