What does it mean to live mindfully?

"If you're depressed, you're living in the past. If you're anxious, you're living in the future. If you're at peace, you're living in the present." - Lao Tzu

Mindfulness puts us in touch with and makes us aware of the present moment without judging it. We are able to soften the inner voice that judges our thoughts, doings and feelings. When we have freedom from the inner critic within, we can let go of anxiety and depression. We can allow the feelings like fear or anger to arise and pass. As a result, we can choose the life we really want, to make conscious changes in our behaviour, choices we make, and relationships we are involved in.

In recent years, mindfulness has been increasingly recognized in Western psychology. It is known as an effective way to reduce anxiety, stress, and tension. It helps to increase self-awareness, enhance emotional intelligence, and effectively deal with painful thoughts and difficult emotions.

The roots of mindfulness are in Eastern philosophies, including Buddhism, Taoism and Yoga. Mindfulness involves consciously and non-judgmentally bringing awareness to here-and-now experience. Mindfulness is about awaking, connectedness, and appreciation of life. It is a deep and profound experience of conscious living that restores psychological and emotional balance, and increases life satisfaction and wellbeing.

The Benefits of Mindfulness

Practising mindfulness helps you with:

  • being fully present and awake
  • experiencing unpleasant emotions and thoughts while still remaining safe
  • becoming more aware of avoidances
  • becoming more connected to yourself and others
  • becoming less reactive to difficult experiences
  • becoming aware of the difference between you and your thoughts
  • becoming more connected to the environment rather than living in your thoughts
  • accepting change
  • being more balanced, less emotionally unstable
  • experiencing calm and peacefulness
  • developing acceptance and compassion