Believe it or not, I know all about mindfulness.
My description of being mindful is, living in the moment, not the past and not the future.
Thinking about what is happening right now.
I have a Meta Cog class at my School every other day.
We learn relaxation techniques like, yoga, breathing, finding your happy place, these are for distraction to calm yourself down. It is a good practice for everyone and especially good for people who have anxiety & stress.
Like I said, everyone!
The other night we had a horrible storm in my neighborhood & a tornado warning alert came out for my town & our electric went out & my house was pitch black. I sat on the bottom step of my staircase next to my mom holding my new puppy & my big dog Katy was laying right beside us. My dad was just trying to figure out why our electric goes out during every storm that hits our development.
I was worried, so I started to use the tools from my Meta cog class.
I was thinking of my happy place & blocking out the noise & actually making pretend the loud thunder coming from outside was something else. My mom noticed me closing my eyes & trying to relax myself.
She asked what I was doing, & I said I was being mindful & making the thunder sound like relaxing waves so I wouldn’t be so afraid of the sounds of the storm.
People are becoming more & more aware of Mindfulness. It is helping people everyday.
I remember my sister Salvis first year of college she had to do an essay about Mindfulness. When she told my dad what she had to write about he immediately said, “there is No such word!”
My dad never heard of it before my sister mentioned it.
I knew what it was because we practice it in my school.
My mom was starting to hear more & more about it as she reads a lot of Psychology things.
It is the most used word in the field of Psychology.
Mindfulness is a modern movement, appropriated from ancient Buddhist roots, and clinically innovated by Jon Kabat-Zinn. The practice of mindfulness involves being aware moment-to-moment, of one’s subjective conscious experience from a first-person perspective.
Psychology Today says:
Mindfulness is a state of active, open attention on the present. When you’re mindful, you observe your thoughts and feelings from a distance, without judging them good or bad. Instead of letting your life pass you by, mindfulness means living in the moment and awakening to experience.
I suggest that everyone start trying to be mindful, it helps with friendships, Relationships with your parents & siblings & how you treat one another.
If more people become mindful of their actions maybe they will be more thoughtful of how they are behaving in their life.
I think mindfulness would really help my dad, he works day & night & is not actually ever living in the moment. He is not paying attention to what is going on in his life right now. All he does is worry about work. He doesn’t know how to separate himself from always working.
I want to help him to learn to become more mindful.