Mindfulness, How Mindfulness Practice is Helpful & Letting Go of Suffering.

Mindfulness means paying attention , on purpose to the present moment without any judgement. In mindfulness practice you bring focused awareness to a present moment, sensation, thought or feeling. This is without clinging to it. Also without resisting it, to trying to change it. It involves focusing you attention lightly , with gentle acceptance, like a butterfly resting in the palm of your hand. Until the butterfly of course moves away on its own. You attend to the on going flow of experience , gently observing as it rises and falls. Mindfulness is to improve your overall wellbeing. For starters it reduces stress and helps people feel more grounded. mindfulness can be thought of as letting go of suffering. This could even be for just a few moments at a time. When you are practicing mindfulness you are becoming aware of sensations, thoughts, feelings and focusing your attention on your breathing. The breaths you take become an object of concentration. You the witness, help its rise and fall.

By attending to whats happening in our bodies , our awareness settles into the present. In the present you will naturally feel the flow of the breaths you are inhaling and exhaling. If you then become mindful of other things such as thoughts and feelings- you will naturally experience them in the here and now. As well as their flow, they will rise and fall too. Just as the breath does.

Our thoughts are ever changing, sometimes more focused and clear, sometimes more clouded and cluttered. Some of the times are minds are wandering without focus or attention. At other times we are unaware of our thoughts or how those thoughts are impacting are feelings and actions.

When are minds are leaping around from one thought to the next, it is often like a monkey jumping from tree to tree. Mindfulness experts call this “Monkey mind.” Monkey Mind happens when our minds wander. When thoughts can’t seem to stay focused. The thoughts will either jump right to the future or straight to the past. That is racing and worrying thoughts. This can sometimes lead to suffering. Practicing mindfulness makes you aware of your mind. It is a way to tend to the here and now. This provides an alternative to suffering.

  • Be more aware of your mind and the ongoing process of thinking, noticing all that it says. This means gently observing thinking without any need to react to it.
  • Cultivate calmness in the presence of unpleasant thoughts. Unhelpful thoughts would be the same thing. Also stay away from challenging feelings.
  • Feel less stress, worry and rumination.
  • Be less reactive and more flexible in your approach to life.
  • Experience improvement in physical health and the quality of the life you are now living.

Practicing mindfulness even for a short while brings your attention to the moment and the the ever-changing experiences of being alive. Sensations, thoughts and feelings can be observed. Rather then, reacted against or engaged by. While observing you begin to act on them freely or not.

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