Mindfulness is a mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment.
Mindfulness, allows us to listen to the small inner voice (or intuition) that is often drowned out by our thoughts, emotions, constant action and worries about the past or the future.
Intuition is a sense of knowing, that we all have. Many of us call it our gut. Some of us know it as our inner voice. In the biography by Walter Isaacson, Steve Jobs is quoted as saying, “I began to realize that an intuitive understanding and consciousness was more significant than abstract thinking and intellectual logical analysis… intuition is a very powerful thing, more powerful than intellect, in my opinion. That’s had a big impact on my work.” Even Albert Einstein said, “The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift.”
Benefits of Mindfulness
Mindfulness improves well being. By focusing on the here and now, many people who practice mindfulness find that they are less likely to get caught up in worries about the future or regrets over the past, are less preoccupied with concerns about success and self-esteem, and are better able to form deep connections with others.
Mindfulness also improves both physical and mental health. It has been scientifically proven that being mindful helps relieves stress, lower blood pressure and improve sleep. In recent years, psychotherapist have turned to mindfulness meditation as an important element in the treatment of a number of problems, including but not limited to depression, eating disorder and anxiety disorders.
How to Achieve Mindfulness
Mindfulness can be achieved through many different ways depending on you. Since 2007 Google offers an in-house course, called “Search Inside Yourself”, that teaches its employees ways to achieve mindfulness. Google now has happier employees who reported positive changes in both work and personal life, since attending the “Search Inside Yourself” workshop.
Below are other means to achieve mindfulness
2. Deep breathing
3. Listening to music
4. Cleaning house (or getting rid of “emotional baggage”)
5. Observing your thoughts
Freemind Works recently organised Mindfulness for Everyone to bring the topic of Mindfulness to the public. If you want to be invited to our next Mindfulness event, drop us a line below and we will keep you posted.