Mindfulness – An Introduction

Mindfulness: the key to clarity.

Mindfulness is a modern movement deeply rooted in Buddhism that involves being aware moment-to-moment; in the present in one’s own subconscious perspective. When you practice mindfulness, you look to become aware of your own perspective inside your head. You listen to and become in tune with your own narrative.

Mindfulness helps people on many levels, including in prevention/management of chronic illness, mental health, and even reducing pain (myself included). This deeply rooted practice helps one to really focus on the mind-body connection, encompassing emotional, mental, social, spiritual, and behavioral factors  affecting our health without separating any component of mind or body.

I have become a major practitioner of mindfulness in an effort to better myself. It has literally changed and saved my life.

By practicing mindfulness regularly and incorporating it into my daily life, I feel more in control and more in-the-zone. I am more productive. I am a better wife, daughter, and overall person. I have seen a major transformation in myself as an individual. My mindfulness practice has helped me deal with chronic back pain through awareness of emotions and feelings resulting in my pain. In future posts, I will delve more into how mind-body medicine has been a life changer in my back pain. 

Mindfulness is not something that just happens overnight. It is a constant work in progress, and it is something you constantly have to work on to reap the benefits. Sometimes, it is very difficult to fit into your life and other times it is the only thing that gets you by.

The best way to think about mindfulness is as a practice – something you work at and consistently get better at each day you do it. But you need to continue practicing to reap the benefits and keep your skills sharp.

After delving more into mindfulness, I realized there are many different ways it can be incorporated into your life. Even activities or exercises you do on a regular basis can be mindful practices. Mindfulness is different for everyone, and the way we practice is varied individually.  

I incorporate mindfulness into my life through my regular yoga practice, on my train ride in the morning (where I try to sit in silence and just listen to my brain to see where my thoughts go), and at local community meditation centers. Try it out! I promise, you will not regret it. 

Want to start your own mindfulness practice?

Here are some great resources for you to try:

  1. Headspace Meditation App: Great app to begin your practice and to also allow you to fit in your meditation wherever or whenever. I use this app on my train!
  2. 10% Happier written by famous Nightline anchor Dan Harris that tells his story of how meditation completely changed his life after a nationally televised panic attack. This book is a great introduction to mindfulness and an amazing perspective how this work is life-changing.
  3.  Drop in at a Yoga Studio or Meditation Center: Most Yoga studios offer meditation classes or workshops. Meditation Centers are also a great way to form a consistent practice, along with meeting others in your community practicing as well. If you need any help finding yoga or meditation centers in your area, you can contact me through our website!
  4. Thich Nhat Hanh Books: The Miracle of Mindfulness: An Introduction to the Practice of Meditation is a good one to start. I love his books and have tried to read as much as I can by him!

I would love to hear about your own mindfulness and meditation practices! Please comment below or reach out to me! 

About the Author

Sarah Ferrante, Ph.D.

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