Mindfulness is being in a state of present-moment awareness.This is a possible definition, each individual can make its own according to the experience.
Mindfulness practice involves both formal and informal meditation practices.
Formal mindfulness, or meditation, is the practice of sustaining attention on body, breath or sensations, or whatever arises in each moment.
This practice is commonly done sitting, usually with eyes closed, it can also be done lying down or even walking. Closing the eyes removes a lot external stimuli and reduces mental processing.
Informal mindfulness is the application of mindful attention in everyday life. Anything done in the day-to-day with full awareness.
Any routine like eating or commuting can be a mindfulness practice, by bringing full attention to it.
My experience with Mindfulness
When I practice formal mindfulness, it’s usually sitting with eyes closed, for around 10 minutes using the timer on my phone.
While in the state I notice that sometimes deep thoughts or ideas emerge, they can be thoughts that have been going around for a while, however when these thoughts emerge in this state priorities get reorganised and start to manifest.
This clears my headspace and makes me more focused which then reflects on the rest of life moving forward.
How you can practice Mindfulness
Starting small can be easier.
20 to 30 minutes twice a day was suggested by some practitioners, then 10 minutes a day. Recently more practices of just 3 minutes and even 1 minute are being used, you can find several examples online.
Simply noticing the breath, in and out…