What does actually mean to be mindful?

I feel like the word ‘mindful’ is a term that thrown around a lot at the moment, it’s becoming one of those words that’s used so much that it starts to loose it’s meaning…which we don’t want to happen!

Research has shown that most humans are on autopilot 47% of the time (!!) where our attention is so absorbed in our own thoughts that were not exactly ‘there’ in the moment.

Have you ever been driving a car, only to realise that you’ve been on autopilot for the last 10 minutes and cannot remember a chunk of your journey at all – scary moment! …that’s what most of us are doing for almost half of our lifetimes, which is also a very scary thought!

In our busy world where were hyper connected digitally but so often disconnected from each other, it’s so easy to drive on autopilot for most of the day. Where we get so lost in ‘doing’ rather than really bringing our full awareness into the moment.

Which is why mindful practices such as yoga or meditation are so vital in our evolution; because they force us to become present. Bringing awareness to your body and the shape you’re making, to the quality of your own breath and the thoughts running through your head. You become aware of which thoughts are conscious, which are habits, which thoughts are helpful you you and which are harmful to you or someone else.

That awareness starts to spill over into the decisions you make throughout the day: to what you eat: whether you’re eating out of habit, emotionally or genuinely for energy and nutrients.
(e.g. I have a habit of mindlessly buying coffee when I’m catching a train anywhere, even if I don’t need it, I’ll buy it completely out of habit!) To what you buy: whether you’re mindlessly spending money on unnecessary things or buying things that align with your core values (i.e. mindfully made things that you actually need). To who you spend time with: people who raise you up or bring you down…Mindfulness has a way of spreading into every corner of your life, if you let it 😉

To be mindful is to be present.

To be mindful is to be self aware.

To be mindful is to act consciously as opposed to acting of habit.

To be mindful is to care for yourself, others and the planet.

To be mindful is to non-judgementally pay attention to the present moment.

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