Our distracted world
We live in a age where we are in an almost constant state of distraction. From endless scrolling on social media, news sites, advertising, and the ability to watch a whole season of T.V. shows in one sitting. We have developed habits that keep our attention occupied 24/7. Modern day humans are more connected than they have been ever in human history and yet our attention spans are under 20 seconds.
We need space. We need pause. We need to develop a new habit. Habits that include attention, deep listening and compassion.
What is mindfulness?
Mindfulness, to put it simply, is our undivided attention. It’s paying attention in such a way where we feel the moment we are in with all of our awareness and presence. Mindfulness shows us life more closer than we normally see it. Mindfulness is a like a pair of glasses that we didn’t know we needed. We put “attention on” and all of a sudden see experiences more clearly.
A few benefits of mindfulness:
generating a greater respect and politeness for everything around us
quiet listening and noticing
being able to be in the moment - good or bad
focus more on what’s important in our lives
Mindfulness is beautiful.
There is something very sweet and nourishing when we give something our attention. When we slow down from our normal pace and observe and pause to experience the moment with fullness. This awareness brings us to us an expanded view of the moment. Awareness is tender and joyful.
Mindfulness is the attentiveness to the present. It is also remembering to be aware of something as well. A quality of consciousness that is non-judgmental and purposeful.
Mindfulness is our own private experience. It looks differently for everyone. It’s our own relationships with what exists.
Mindfulness is the intentional, accepting, and non-judgmental focus of one's attention on the emotions, thoughts, and sensations occurring in the present moment.
The practices of mindfulness, meditation, ritual, and conscious relaxation are some of the best tools for untangling and creating space from the stresses of our physical, mental, and emotional states.
We need space
We need space internally and externally
Space allows us to feel
There is space all around us
In this short 6 minute practice, I help you bring attention to the breath and body.