The basics of mindfulness
Mindfulness is a form of meditation that helps to increase the space between a situation and our reactions. You don’t need any special equipment or preparation to practice mindfulness skills, just some time and space.
Once you’ve found a space for yourself, simply observe the present moment. You might be walking in a quiet park or just sitting in a quiet space within your home. We are not aiming to achieve calm or quiet the mind, just observe without judgement.
Pay attention to thoughts that float through your mind. If you notice judgmental thoughts, be aware of them and just let them float by. Sometimes our minds tend to wander or get stuck replaying some negative thoughts. Don’t judge yourself by your thoughts, just let them be and come back to what’s in front of you. Mindfulness anchors you back to the present moment.
Be kind to yourself and remove judgement from the thoughts that float into your head. Gently bring yourself back to the present moment and remember this is a practice. This is a simple practice but not necessarily easy, so give yourself time.
Eventually this practice enables you to control your reactions and be consciously present in daily decisions. Give it a try in different environments until you find a space that is most comfortable for you to develop a mindfulness routine.