Mindfulness practice is defined as “Non-judgmental, moment to moment awareness”. The fourth foundation of Mindfulness is NON-STRIVING.
Listen to our Podcast & Guided Meditation on NON STRIVING:
Reflect & Respond Practice on NON STRIVING:
REFLECT: As you settle in a formal meditation or sit and find time to reflect, just focus on Breathing
RESPOND: At any time when thoughts come and if you feel getting lost, just come back to breathing. Try and bring a smile on your face, a feeling of relaxation and try to simply be present without any Agenda or Goal.
“Non-striving is trying less and being more.”
About the Author of Quote: Jon Kabat-Zinn is an American professor emeritus of medicine and the creator of the Stress Reduction Clinic and the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.
Mindfulness is the ability to be fully present in the moment. Mindfulness has many benefits for us at work and in personal life, such as increased focus and happiness. The practice can help us reduce stress and anxiety.
What it is: Mindfulness can be defined as “Non-judgmental, moment to moment awareness”.
What it isn’t: Emptying the mind, Achieving Relaxation or Religion.
What’s important is NOT to focus on a particular outcome such as being CALM, or having better focus. Not to focus on how you will feel by doing the practice, rather how you are feeling now. Being calm may sometimes be a result and sometimes It may not.
There are three types of Mindfulness meditation:
- Focused attention: the practice of returning concentration to again and again to one object, such as breath. The focused concentration helps to calm the mind.
- Monitoring: the practice of paying attention to what comes to mind from moment to the moment.
- Loving kindness and compassion meditation: the practice of cultivating warmth & good will toward your own self and with others.
Further, there are many ways to practice Mindfulness:
- Breathing: Like most meditation techniques breathing is used as a way for us to relax and be mindful.
- Reflection: Once we are relaxed by utilizing breathing, we can move to reflecting by focusing on a particular topic.
- Scanning: Going through each part of our body from head to toe. It doesn’t only help bring awareness but also helps to acknowledge and let go of any tension we may be holding in any part of our body.
Simply put, mindfulness is described as a human’s ability to be completely present and fully aware of where you are and what you’re doing. It involves being able to feel everything and not being overwhelmed by what’s going on around you.
Mindfulness is an ability that’s inherent to every human being; however, once practiced regularly, you become better at it, and it becomes more accessible to you.
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Science behind Meditation:
We have about 50,000 thoughts a day and 98% are same as yesterday with 80% of them negative. Stress, Worry & Irritability are direct results of those thoughts which are either regrets about past that we cannot change OR worry about the future which has not even happened. So this causes us have experience stress & worry in present moment and causing us to behave in very unhealthy way.