'Mindfulness' is something of a buzzword at the moment, with everyone from single moms to high-flying politicians singing its praises.
Few, however, really understand what it is. Most people have an idea that it's a meditational technique, but haven't really looked into it. While they're partially right - mindfulness can be used in meditation - there is a lot more to it than that. Practised regularly, mindfulness can not only make you happier in general, it can also help you to eradicate many of the problems within your psyche, and improve the way in which you view the world.
At its simplest, mindfulness is the art of living in the moment. Rather than letting our minds constantly wander over what we have done or will be doing, those engaging in mindfulness should bring their minds to focus entirely upon the moment in which they are living - its sensations, its feelings, and its import. This allows the mind to clear, focus, and achieve a settled state from which we can dispense more easily with stress and worry.
Mindfulness may sound simple, but it's been proven to be tremendously effective. Those who take time to mindfully focus upon positive experiences report a general improvement in their overall mood. Subst+ance abusers who undertake mindfulness courses as part of their rehabilitation therapy are significantly less likely to not only relapse, but to crave the substance to which they were once addicted in the first place. This is an impressive phenomenon, as relapse is a major problem which has foxed rehabilitators for centuries.
Plenty of psychologists and therapists are increasingly turning to mindfulness techniques in order to help their patients - and experiencing a good deal of success. For more on how mindfulness can improve your life, read this article.
This wonderful guest article is written by Mel Mailey.