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(Mindful therapy group) In today’s read, you will learn exactly how to be mindful in every sense. Believe it or not, being mindful is actually harder than you may think. It is easy to get distracted by our society and the culture we live in, however with the practicing of good daily habits that involve mindfulness, you will have no problem living life intentionally instead of automatically. Are you ready?

Let us jump right into the most common practices that we like to use when practicing mindfulness. Remember, being mindful is a mindset as well as a lifestyle, not just a one-hit-wonder. Utilize these habits that follow diligently as you work on yourself and you will grow mentally, spiritually, and emotionally in the way that you wish. Utilize these daily, and you will not only practice the art, but instead, you will be, mindfulness itself.

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What is mindfulness and how can it benefit me?

Mindfulness is a state of present moment awareness, characterized by non-judgmental attention to one’s thoughts, feelings, and sensations. It involves consciously directing one’s focus to the present moment, without dwelling on the past or worrying about the future.

Practicing mindfulness can bring numerous benefits to individuals. It can help reduce stress, anxiety, and depression by promoting a sense of calm and relaxation. Mindfulness enhances self-awareness and emotional regulation, allowing individuals to respond more effectively to challenging situations. It improves concentration, focus, and cognitive abilities. Additionally, mindfulness fosters empathy, compassion, and better relationships with others. Overall, mindfulness promotes overall well-being and a greater sense of contentment in life.

Mindfulness is a practice that involves intentionally bringing one’s attention to the present moment with an attitude of non-judgment and acceptance. It is about being fully aware of what is happening within oneself and in the external environment.

By regularly engaging in mindfulness, individuals can experience a wide range of benefits. One significant advantage is stress reduction. Mindfulness helps individuals become more attuned to their inner experiences and thoughts, allowing them to recognize and manage stress triggers effectively. By observing their thoughts and emotions without judgment, individuals can cultivate a sense of calm and relaxation, even in the midst of challenging circumstances.

Furthermore, mindfulness has been found to be effective in reducing anxiety and depression symptoms. By focusing on the present moment, individuals can break free from ruminating on the past or worrying excessively about the future. This practice enables them to develop a healthier relationship with their thoughts and emotions, reducing the impact of negative thinking patterns.

In addition to emotional well-being, mindfulness enhances cognitive functioning. It improves concentration and focus, enabling individuals to stay engaged and perform tasks more efficiently. By training the mind to remain present, mindfulness enhances memory and cognitive flexibility, leading to improved problem-solving abilities.

Mindfulness also nurtures self-awareness and self-compassion. By observing one’s thoughts, feelings, and bodily sensations without judgment, individuals gain a deeper understanding of themselves. This heightened self-awareness enables individuals to identify and address harmful patterns or behaviors, fostering personal growth and development.

Moreover, practicing mindfulness can enhance interpersonal relationships. By cultivating present moment awareness, individuals become better listeners and more attentive to the needs and experiences of others. This empathetic and compassionate approach to communication fosters stronger connections and deeper understanding in relationships.

Overall, mindfulness offers a multitude of benefits, ranging from stress reduction and emotional well-being to improved cognitive functioning and enhanced relationships. By incorporating mindfulness into daily life, individuals can cultivate a greater sense of overall well-being, contentment, and resilience in the face of life’s challenges.

How do I practice mindfulness in daily life?

Practicing mindfulness in daily life involves integrating mindful awareness into your everyday activities. Here are some practical steps to help you incorporate mindfulness into your daily routine:

Start with intention

Begin each day by setting an intention to be present and mindful throughout the day. Remind yourself to observe and engage fully in each moment.

Mindful breathing

Take a few moments throughout the day to focus on your breath. Pay attention to the sensation of the breath entering and leaving your body. This simple practice helps anchor you in the present moment.

Mindful pauses

Incorporate short mindful pauses throughout the day. Pause for a few moments to observe your surroundings, tune into your senses, and bring awareness to your thoughts and emotions. Allow yourself to fully experience the present moment.

Engage your senses:

Engage your senses fully in everyday activities. Whether it’s eating, showering, or walking, bring your attention to the sensations, smells, tastes, and sounds involved. Notice the details that often go unnoticed.

Non-judgmental awareness

: Practice observing your thoughts, emotions, and physical sensations without judgment. Allow them to come and go, acknowledging them without getting caught up in them or labeling them as good or bad.

Mindful movement

Bring mindfulness to your body movements. Whether you’re walking, exercising, or doing household chores, pay attention to the physical sensations, movements, and the way your body feels.

Mindful eating

When eating, slow down and savor each bite. Pay attention to the flavors, textures, and sensations of the food. Notice the process of chewing and swallowing, fully engaging your senses in the act of eating.

Mindful listening

Practice active listening in conversations. Give your full attention to the person speaking, without interrupting or thinking about what to say next. Notice their words, tone, and body language.

Gratitude and appreciation

Take time each day to reflect on and appreciate the things you are grateful for. Cultivate a sense of gratitude for both big and small moments in your life.

Formal meditation practice

Set aside dedicated time each day for formal meditation. Find a quiet space, sit comfortably, and focus on your breath, bodily sensations, or a chosen object of meditation. This regular practice strengthens your mindfulness skills.

Remember, mindfulness is a skill that develops with practice and patience. Start with small steps and gradually incorporate mindfulness into more aspects of your daily life. Over time, you will notice the positive impact it has on your well-being and overall quality of life.

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How to Practice Mindfulness

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Start Intentionally Paying Attention; Every, Single, Day. 

Yes, I know; It is extremely difficult to slow down life as we know it. It indeed is challenging to notice all the wonderful things in our busy world. However; try to atleast take the time to experience and live your moments within your environment with all of your five senses — physical touch, sound, sight, smell, and taste. For example, when you eat some of your favorite foods; take the time to smell them, taste them, and thoroughly enjoy them. In other words, always be alert, always be awake in everything you do. Today, stop living in autopilot mode, and manual and intentionally live your life.

This is the foundation for walking the path of true awakening. The more you are attentively aware and focused, within every minute of the day the more you are becoming mindful and subconsciously awake. Well, talk more about that later.

Be Present Moment

Intentionally bring an open and accepting invitation to everything that you do. Live in the NOW. Forget about what happened to you last night or last week, forget where you will be tomorrow or in the future. Find joy in the simple pleasures of today. Right now at this very second as you read this page. Take a moment to be grateful to breathe that breath you just took. Be thankful you are able to read this and enjoy taking in the wisdom for your happiness and success. If you don’t do this you’re not being mindful. You are not being in tune with your highest frequency which is only channeled through today and not tomorrow. Your tomorrow is purely defined by what you do “Now”. Always remember this.

Accept The Current Version of YOU

Treat yourself the way you would treat a best friend. With love and respect. Often times we wish we were better, or not us, or someone else. We forget that the most beautiful thing that is given to us by the creator is currently what we have. We must learn to cherish this. If you accept your self as who you are and what you do on a daily basis, and if you love your self and every flaw that comes with it, you then will effectively make changes towards who you truly desire to become.

This is a source of Self-Healing, called Self-Caring and Self-Loving. We will dive deeper into the habits that cater to this practice later. Implement daily the steps of being mindful and accepting the current version of yourself and you will start to notice yourself being happier with what you have which leads to pure mindfulness. Love even your flaws. The not so evolved self. The 1.0 version of you.

But you say, “C.J., I know I must accept myself for who I am, but how do I do this? Here’s how you accept yourself. Repeat after me. I am In love with who I am, I am Unique, I am the only person in this world with my finger prints, I am me, there is only one me. I choose now to honor that beautiful truth and reality. I love Me. Say these I am positive affirmations for 21 days and it will change how you feel about yourself without question, as you start accepting yourself more and more each day. You can also listen to I am affirmations to help get you on the rhythm. 

Focus on the Inhale and the Exhale. 

Especially when you start holding on to negative thoughts, try to stop and sit where you are and, slowly; take a long deep breath in, until you cannot take in any air. Hold your breath for 10 seconds, and slowly release the purified air until you have no more air within you. Then softly close your eyes. Begin to focus on your breath. Visualize it as it moves in through your nose, into your lungs, and out of your lungs through your throat and out of your mouth. Do this for 2- 5 minutes setting a timer on your watch or phone.

Visualizing this beautiful moment, this exact process; sitting and breathing; are the best ways to physically be in sync with your self. Both the mind and the body are one at this very moment. There is no other time in your day that you can be one with yourself and in tune than when sitting and meditating using this very technique. It is a very special moment. Have more of them. It’s just that simple.

Make sure to submerse yourself in the power of these habits and learn the wisdom for true total balance and spiritual awakening from our book AWAKEN YOUR ZEN if you wish to master being true love and mindfulness itself. If you really want to live a well balanced life, implement the habits I teach every day and go back to the basics even if you feel you are an expert. Even the wisest master is open-minded to learning from a baby. That is where you will find the keys to your success. 

*Do these Habits hourly to influence the Conscious Mind and to create the changes faster in your Subconscious*

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What are some advanced techniques to cultivate mindfulness?

There are various techniques and exercises you can practice to cultivate mindfulness. Here are a few commonly used ones:

Mindful breathing

Find a quiet place and focus your attention on your breath. Notice the sensation of the breath as it enters and leaves your body. If your mind wanders, gently bring it back to the breath without judgment.

Body scan

Lie down or sit comfortably and systematically bring your awareness to different parts of your body, starting from the top of your head down to your toes. Notice any sensations, tension, or areas of relaxation as you scan through each body part.

Mindful observation

Choose an object, such as a flower, a candle, or a piece of fruit. Observe it carefully, paying attention to its colors, shape, texture, and other details. Engage your senses fully in the experience without getting lost in thoughts or judgments.

Loving-kindness meditation

Cultivate feelings of love, compassion, and kindness towards yourself and others. Repeat phrases such as “May I be happy, may I be healthy, may I live with ease,” extending the wishes to loved ones, acquaintances, and even challenging individuals.

Mindful walking

Take a walk in nature or any quiet space. Pay attention to the sensation of your feet touching the ground, the movement of your body, and the sights and sounds around you. Stay present and observe your surroundings without getting lost in thoughts.

Mindful journaling

Set aside time to write down your thoughts and feelings without judgment. Allow yourself to freely express and observe your inner experiences on paper. This practice enhances self-reflection and self-awareness.

Mindfulness in daily activities

Bring mindfulness to routine activities such as brushing your teeth, washing dishes, or taking a shower. Pay attention to the sensations, movements, and details involved in each activity, fully immersing yourself in the present moment.

Mindful media consumption

Consume media, such as social media, TV shows, or movies, with mindfulness. Notice your reactions, emotions, and thoughts as you engage with different forms of media. Take breaks when needed and be intentional with your choices.

Mindfulness apps and guided meditations

Utilize smartphone applications or online resources that offer guided meditations or mindfulness exercises. These can provide structure and guidance, especially for beginners.

Remember that mindfulness is a personal practice, and it’s important to find techniques that resonate with you. Experiment with different exercises and see what works best for your preferences and needs. Consistency and patience in practicing these techniques will help cultivate and deepen your mindfulness skills over time.

Final Thoughts on Mindfulness

The art of mindfulness is certainly a challenge all in itself. The practice takes deliberate effort and constant awareness. It requires a skill of understanding and self acceptance to the life you live. Being mindful is a result after you master the habits laid out to you that is guaranteed.

If you talk to any one person who practices mindfulness, they will tell you that it is better to live a life awaken, than asleep. Most people choose the latter not by choice, but by lack of wisdom. You are well on your way to your goal is if see this to be valuable. This is your first step.

We have a book available to you at little to no cost, called Awaken Your Zen, Practicinig the Art of Spiritual Awakening to Heal the Body, Mind and Spirit. It wilI take you to a new level of understanding and awakening which, essentially the art of being mindful is one in the same.

If you enjoyed this practice and exercise, I would encourage you to share it to yourself to re-read as well as with a friend or community so they too can get the most out of their day. If we can change the world, it starts by spreading the world to your community, which then impacts the world. Let make habits together!

Love & Light ,

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