Physical training is vital for a healthy body. Mental training is just as important for a healthy mind and life. Mindfulness is a form of mental training, attention training, originating from ancient eastern traditions that can radically change our lives for the better. Mindfulness training can transform our relationship to ourselves, to our bodies, to the way we think, feel, and act – at work, at home and at play.
It is often said that mindfulness is a practice that brings us home to ourselves – the selves that we may have lost in
the ‘busy-ness’ of this time-accelerated world of perpetual multi-tasking. Mindfulness is the practice of paying attention to what is going on in our life, in the present moment, right here and now – with an affectionate attending, without judgment.
Mindfulness is the miracle by which we master and restore ourselves... we cultivate mindfulness by
paying attention on purpose, in the present moment, without judgement...
With attention training, comes a much greater awareness, a way of experiencing the world directly, of relating to ourselves, with less of the intervening commentary of our inner critic. It is about knowing where our attention is and being able to choose where to direct it.
With mindfulness training, we are able to live more fully in the present, rather than the ruminating about the past or anticipating the future – two destinations we tend to reside in much of the time, despite the fact that past has already gone and the future hasn’t arrived yet. We actually only have this moment. This moment, now. And the next ….
Mindfulness is a form of meditation training, or mind training. Mindfulness is cultivated by learning how to pay attention on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally, to things as they are. Mindful awareness offers us the freedom to deliberately choose and shape the way we respond to life.
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