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Perhaps the Most Important Self-Practice Today: Mindfulness

© Copyright Carter McNamara, MBA, PhD

Sections of This Topic Include

What is Mindfulness?

Why Is It So Important Today?

Test - How Mindful Are You?

How Do You Practice It?

Additional Aspects of Personal Wellness

What is Mindfulness?

The editorial staff of the Mindful magazine define mindfulness this way: "Mindfulness is the basic human ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we’re doing, and not overly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s going on around us."
What is Mindfulness?

This definition is written in Psychology Today: "Mindfulness is a state of active, open attention on the present. When we are mindful, we carefully observe our thoughts and feelings without judging them as good or bad .. It means living in the moment and awakening to our current experience, rather than dwelling on the past or anticipating the future."
What is Mindfulness?

As usual, Wikipedia gives us a comprehensive and yet specific explanation of mindfulness.

What Is Mindfulness? Nobody Really Knows, and That’s a Problem

Why Is It So Important Today?

It is ironic that, in trying to calm the very hectic pace of our lives -- in trying to feel more serenity in our lives -- we do that by adding yet more things to do: reading more self-help articles, taking more classes, and undertaking even more stressful diets and exercises. Yet, for believers in mindfulness, the "answer" to finding more serenity is in just not trying to find it. It is in just noticing what's around us now without a lot of thinking about it. Practitioners of mindfulness have found that living in the present is much more serene and satisfying as constantly living one step ahead of yourself.

They have also found that they get just as much -- if not more -- done in their lives and what they get done is often more important, than just urgent. But most of us are not at all receptive to a practice that is so contrary to what we've been taught and how we've lived our lives so far. Without knowing it, we're doing that old adage of working harder, rather than smarter; of doing the same thing over and over again, and of expecting different results each time.

For too many of us, we realize that insight only after suddenly suffering a significant physical ailment. Yet, we believe that "solutions" to complex problems have much have complex solutions. Or, at least, they must come from experts, certainly not from ourselves -- and they should be darn expensive, as well.

For some countries and cultures, they have practicing mindfulness, especially through the form of meditation, for millennia. Much longer than our country was formed. Perhaps they learned the practice through frustration, confusion and pain like many of us are experiencing today. Yet today, research continues to show the benefits of more mindful approaches, such as meditation and eastern practices such Tai Chi and Yoga -- practices you can understand and do with yourself or with others.

Test - How Mindful Are You?

Take this mindfulness quiz.

Mindfulness Quiz

Based on the results, you might consider the suggestions in the following articles.

How Do You Practice It?

Mindfulness is not a fad. Try it.
How to Practice Mindfulness (The Ultimate Guide to Being More Mindful Throughout the Day)
How to Practice Mindfulness: A Beginners Guide
50 Tips for Practicing Mindfulness
7 Easy Ways to be Mindful Every Day
Five Simple Mindfulness Practices For People Who Hate To Meditate
Mindfulness exercises
Top 10 Difficulties in Mindfulness Practice and How to Overcome Them

Yet, it's important to see both sides of the mindfulness practices.
The Problem with Mindfulness
The Little-Known Downsides of Mindfulness Practice
Is Mindfulness Making Us Ill?

Additional Aspects of Personal Wellness

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Bullying (Addressing)
Emotional Intelligence
Financial Fitness
Job Satisfaction
Motivating and Inspiring Yourself
Physical Fitness
Stress Management
Work-Life Balance

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