You’ve probably heard the word mindfulness more times than you can count. Especially considering the rare circumstances we’re currently experiencing, mindfulness has become a priority. But what exactly does it mean to be mindful? What are the actions you can take to introduce mindfulness into your routine? We’ll define mindfulness and explore different ways you can make this practice part of your life.
What exactly is mindfulness?
When a concept like mindfulness becomes popular, it can start taking on different meanings. People start using it in their everyday speech, but trying to understand its original purpose isn’t always as clear as we’d expect. The Oxford Dictionary definition of mindfulness is “the quality or state of being conscious or aware of something.” It seems simple enough, but that certainly doesn’t tell the whole story of what we understand to be mindfulness.
Digging deeper into definitions, we land on a more insightful description of mindfulness:
“a mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations, used as a therapeutic technique.”
That sounds a bit more familiar. And where it begins to get exciting is the exploration of the many ways we can achieve this “mental state,” which is what we’ll discuss next.
3 Different ways to be mindful
There isn’t one set way to reach a state of mindfulness. Mindfulness is about being present and managing your thoughts and emotions. How you get there can take on different forms, from creative practices to different kinds of bodily movements.
1. Mindful Writing
Writing is one way to activate mindfulness. But not just any writing. Mindful writing is closer to journaling, where you write down your observations. These can be observations about the world around you, something that stuck out during your day, or they can be more internal. The internal writing means you’ll need to reflect on your own thoughts and feelings. Expressing your feelings puts you in the present and makes you more aware, which are both foundational to mindfulness.
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2. Drawing and mindfulness
Drawing is another creative expression that can incite mindfulness. When you’re creating images on a canvas, you’ll need to be present and intentional. Regardless of if you’re drawing something that you saw or using your imagination, drawing forces you to focus your mind, so you see your thoughts more clearly. Drawing also forces you to be curious. You’re playing with colours and shapes and images and trying to put those pieces together in a way that makes sense.
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Yoga is probably the way to achieve mindfulness that best combines physical activity with a meditative state. Yoga demands that every part of your mind and body be present. It takes focus to do the physical movements and control your breathing while being intentional about your thoughts. There’s actually a form of yoga called mindful yoga where the combination of traditional mindfulness teachings with yoga movements is most intense. Also, variations like hot yoga alter the physical environment, which forces you to be more present and aware.
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Boomerang can help you achieve mindfulness
Whether you choose to get creative to achieve mindfulness or more physically active, Boomerang can help you get there. \
We also offer many types of online health and wellness classes for older adults. Join one of our virtual meditation workshops and connect with others.