Mindfulness for Beginners A 4 Part Series

What used to be fully in the woo-woo hippie land of alternative health, mindfulness is proving itself to be more than just the new buzzword in wellness. According to this post from Inc.com,

Revenue in the industry grew to $1.1 billion in the U.S. in 2016, an increase of more than $100 million from the previous year, according to IBISWorld, which finds the alternative health care industry as a whole is still in a growth phase.

You’ve undoubtedly heard the many benefits of mindfulness and practices that enhance it like meditation, but when it comes down to your day-to-day life, when you’re in the thick of your career-kids-errands-cooking-routine, you probably feel there simply isn’t time to cultivate a new practice.

You may think you need to read a few books, maybe take a class, at least do some research and dedicate time to master this mindfulness business before you can really benefit.

I totally understand how easy it is to overcomplicate mindfulness. My mom took an intensive workshop on meditation and would tell me things she learned, what they did, and how much she enjoyed it. I was interested and enjoyed hearing what she learned, but somewhere in my head, I felt doing it on my own wasn’t “real” if she was going through a master-led course.

The same can be felt about mindfulness. After all, there are mindfulness training certifications out there, how are you supposed to practice mindfulness on your own without knowing what they know?

This is exactly why I’ve created this Mindfulness for Beginners series. To give you simple actions of mindfulness you can incorporate into your life today. 

Here’s what the next 4 posts will cover:

Mindfulness in eating
Mindfulness in relationships
Mindfulness in movement
Mindfulness in emotions

So we’re on the same page, here is what I’m talking about when I use the term “mindfulness”.

A psychological state of awareness, the practices that promote this awareness, a mode of processing information and a character trait…we define mindfulness as a moment-to-moment awareness of one’s experience without judgment. In this sense, mindfulness is a state and not a trait. – American Psychological Association

This same article lists many benefits we gain from entering this mode of mindfulness regularly as follows:

Reduced rumination
Stress reduction

Boosts working memory
Less emotional reactivity
Increased cognitive flexibility
Relationship satisfaction
Enhanced self-insight and intuition

Stay tuned for the first part in this series – Mindfulness in Eating – next week!

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