Want to Be More Mindful? Start Here.
In an article about an elementary school that practices mindfulness, the principal talked about how the practice changes a person’s heart. I loved that comment because it is so accurate. Research proves the changes that happen to you physiologically are primarily in the brain. What the principal comments take into consideration is that eventually, after the mindfulness shift becomes habit, it does change your heart.
I understand that being mindful is hard if you’ve never tried it and you’re on the outside looking in. I know because when it was introduced to me, I thought it was a bunch of hooey. I can only encourage you to try to implement a few concepts on your own. If you are courageous enough to stick with it for a few months, it really will change your life. Small steps can create a big difference.
With the advent of the Internet, you can find directions on how to do anything. So if you want to get a start right in the privacy of your own home, cubicle, car or office, here are 5 suggestions.
Mindfulness Concept: Being in the Present Moment
Mindfulness Concept: Being Conscious of Your Breathing
Mindfulness Concept: Accepting What Is
Mindfulness Concept: Having Compassion for Self and Others
Mindfulness Concept: Feeling the Connection to All Living Things
“Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way;
On purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally.”
– Jon Kabat-Zinn
Prominent teacher of mindfulness meditation and founder of the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center.