Mindfulness is the ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we are doing without being overly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s going on around us. It is a state of awareness and a way of being. Mindfulness meditation practice is not a process of magically wiping away the countless and endless thoughts that are constantly floating around in our brains. We practice bringing our attention to our breath, and then back to our breath when we notice our mind wandering. By doing this, we can learn how to recognize when our minds are on automatic pilot so we can choose what we want to focus on. Research shows that mindfulness meditation can increase mental clarity, decrease sleep problems, anxiety and depression, improve relationships, improve focus and concentration, and even leads to improvements in physical health. There are many different types of mediation practice; this section focuses on mindfulness meditation.
Here are some basic ways to introduce mindfulness meditation into your life:
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