So what is mindfulness anyway?

 

Mindfulness can often feel inaccessible to people. It tends to be hidden among long sentences and jargon. So what is it anyway?

Mindfulness is the ability to be aware of yourself and your surroundings. Mindfulness is recognising how you are reacting to circumstances and to then respond accordingly.

For example, we tend to have our own standard reactions to events. If you spill a glass of water and it pours all over the floor, you may feel angry and start swearing. If you were being mindful then you would put the incident into perspective. It’s just water, right? Nothing got damaged and the only inconvenience is having to get a cloth and mop it all up. We can change how we react to things and save ourselves a lot of stress in the process.

For my next post, I’d like to look at how to use Mindfulness to deal with situations, but I’d like to start with what you would like to read about. What tool do you need for your Mindfulness Toolkit? This space is for you so I would welcome suggestions. (Remember that there is a list of suggestions you can choose from in my first post/send in your own suggestions). I look forward to hearing from you.

Jacqueline xx

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