What Is Mindfulness?
Mindfulness means paying full attention to something. It means taking your time to really notice what you're doing and being aware of it with no judgment or expectations.
Why Do People Need Mindfulness Meditation?
Mindfulness helps you be your best, it helps you:
• Increased focus
• Reduced stress
• Emotional balance
• Reduced anxiety
• Reduced depression
• Increased memory
• Increased awareness
How Does Mindfulness Meditation Work?
Training the mind takes practice. The more you practice mindfulness meditation, the better you get at being mindful.
If you practice mindfulness skills, being mindful begins to come naturally when you need it in your everyday life. This can help you feel calmer when you're stressed, or more focused when you have to do something difficult or complicated.
When you practice mindfulness meditation, you're training your attention. Practicing mindfulness can improve attention for just about everybody.
How Do I Get Started?
Mindfulness meditation is easy to practice and just take a few minutes a day. Here are some basic steps:
Sit in a relaxed, comfortable position. Pick something to focus your attention on, like a sound or your breathing.
Let's say you decide to focus on your breathing. Breathe normally while you simply pay attention to your breath. If you want, you can close your eyes. As you breathe in and out, just notice each breath. Pay attention in an easy way — on purpose, but not forced
Notice when your mind wanders away from paying attention to your breath or focusing on a sound
Whenever you notice your attention has wandered, gently guide your attention back to your breathing again. Realize when you getting distracted and be okay with it. No need to try or expect to get some kind of result. That's how you train your attention.