We’re sure you’ve heard people talking about mindfulness in recent years. It’s a trend which is spreading fast and today we’re going to tell you the basic principles to help you start your journey to mindfulness.
Mindfulness is seen as a philosophy of life that implies full attention and awareness of your surroundings. The practice has a close link with meditation although there are some differences. It is an experience because when you practice it because you gain a deep knowledge of yourself as well as your body, mind and emotions. It helps you become more aware of what you think, what you feel and how you act.
The basic principles of Mindfulness:
We must learn to see things as they are in the present and accept them without worrying or trying to change them.
Acceptance is usually the final and most challenging step in any intense emotional process or change. The first phase is often denial, followed by anger. This long and often painful process can be avoided by accepting the experience from the beginning. This acceptance is important to be able to live peacefully, as it’s simply impossible to be able to change or control everything if it is not within reach.
We must be able to respect the natural time frames of events. This is a process which takes time to learn but also essential to avoid forcing things or being disappointed when they don’t happen when we want.
We must have an open mind to new situations which occur without trying to change anything or alter it in any way.
We must be able to trust in ourselves and learn to listen to ourselves internally. We must be sure about what we want before we start looking elsewhere for advice or guidance from others. Self-confidence is very important and we must learn to listen to our own feelings and follow our instincts.
Do not judge
This principle can be the most complicated as we are used to constantly evaluating experiences as good or bad. However, our reactions shouldn’t be based on prejudices but on how we actually experience the situation or moment. Sometimes it can be difficult to visualize the situation without judging or evaluating it. In those moments it is important to stop and think for a few seconds and acknowledge how stressful situations occur in your daily life. We often make decisions based on our own beliefs and judgments and most of the time in a negative way.
Do not exert yourself
As strange or contradictory as it may sound we shouldn’t try to achieve results. Through the practice of Mindfulness, results will appear by themselves without us having to force the situation.
If we’re looking for results we’re trying to change something and this is contrary to having patience and accepting the situations and experiences of the moment.
We must start with Mindfulness by letting go of previous expectations and keep our minds free. Then we won’t have past expectations stopping us from seeing things as they really are. Many times, we are at our peak but when we start judging it limits us greatly.
It is very important to keep in mind these basic principles to ensure the understanding of Mindfulness.
You can start practicing Mindfulness for just 10 minutes a day once you get more used to the practice you can start to add more time and do around 30 minutes a day. We recommend to do it in a quiet, safe place. But it could be at home, in the park, on the bus or anywhere you have time to sit quietly.
If you want more information about Mindfulness check our post about Mindfulness as a lifestyle.