Lifestyle & Travel

Sep 17, 2018

MINDFULLNESS

"Living here and now" this is the mindfulness rule. Original from the Buddhist doctrine, the mindfulness is a technique that practices the full attention and the connection between the body and the mind, with yourself, with others and the environment that surround you, allowing to live intensely the present moment.

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Mindfulness Meditation is a mind-training based on fully attention. It is a practice with millennial origins based on the Buddhist doctrine that defends a behavior / attitude towards the world and is supported on the idea that "we are the result of what we think." Mindfulness is an art that is increasingly in vogue and is used in many areas such as science, leadership or education with the goal of creating a greater awareness of everyday activities, promoting total attention to your thoughts, feelings and emotions, and a more conscious attitude towards oneself, others and the environment that surrounds them.

Mindfulness aims to live the present moment ("the now"). In other words, it is to be effectively present in each daily activity and to practice it intensely and in a conscious way. It is focused on the principles of gratitude, patience, beginner's mind and non-judgment, thus allowing a constant cultivation of the mind and learning about our own behaviors. Mindfulness can be practiced formally, by meditation, which forces total concentration and attention to it, in a relaxed and conducive environment to introspection; Or, in an informal way, when applied in any daily task, in which full attention should be given, independently of its degree of complexity. The most important thing in this practice is to allow the thoughts to flow, the senses to be awakened, and stimulate of the capacity for reflection, allowing to live that precise moment in a conscious way. For Vasco Gaspar, author of the book Here and Now: Mindfulness, this is the key to a full life: "the greater the capacity to be present, the greater will be the ability to deal with one's own life and problems," he says in testimony to Observador Journal.

The technique seems clear: stop, pay attention and reflect now. But, after all, what is the present? It is the moment that we are living and to which we want to pay every attention, living it intensely and taking the best of our experiences. It is, in this way, by living the present moment that a mind-body connection can be possible with itself, with others and to the environment; And even greater security in the experience of emotions, thoughts and sensations. In addition to greater confidence, Mindfulness Meditation allows you to learn the management of emotions – which going back and forth - and to understanding how to deal with unpleasant situations, gaining greater inner strength. Mindfulness should also foster non-judgment and acceptance of the other. These tools are the fundamental elements to be able to appreciate the good things of life from the smallest to the greatest one, in their fullness.

With so many benefits, why not apply this technique? Mindfulness can be used in any everyday situation, by driving, in a coffee break, in a food diet or in your work. For different situations there are different purposes of Mindfulness, so adapt them to your lifestyle and goals and remember: Focus on what really matters and pay total attention to each particular activity, let your thoughts flow and reflect on them; So that, in a totally conscious way, you can live each experience in an intensely way. 

Live the moment, live the here and now!

Mindfulness:

The term Mindfulness derives from the word Sati, which in Sanskrit means mindfulness and corresponds to one of the pillars of Buddhism. At a literary level, the concept was used and earned a new life with Jon Kabat-Zinn, Professor Emeritus of Medicine and founder of Clinical Stress Reduction, based on Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR). The author has focused his work on adapting Mindfulness to science and other areas of society, proving that there is indeed an improvement in life when controlled thoughts and focusing on solutions rather than problems.

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