There are many ways to actively practice mindfulness and reap the benefits of developing mindfulness. Some of the most basic strategies to cultivate mindfulness include being mindful of just one thing at a time, being nonjudgmental, being mindful of the present moment, focusing attention on your senses, and describing your experience. While these may sound like simple or vague tasks, mindfulness exercises are not always easy.
“Meditation is the dissolution of thoughts in eternal awareness or pure consciousness without objectification, knowing without thinking, merging finitude in infinity.” – Voltaire
Does the idea of actively engaging in a daily meditation practice trigger a flurry of mental chatter and emotional distress? Do you think you are too busy? If you notice a tendency to talk yourself out of this simple form of self-care in a reactive, overly analytical, or judgmental manner, ask yourself what useful information may be embedded within these internal reactions. What is your experience trying to tell you?
Allow yourself to simply be just as you are in the present moment. Notice your bodily sensations as they occur, the thoughts that unfold in your mind, and the emotions that become stirred. If you are observing your current experience in an accepting, gentle, and nonjudgmental manner, you are practicing mindfulness. It is that simple.