So what is mindfulness? and why is there so much hype about it?
I was first introduced to the concept mindfulness by Dr Jon Kabat-Zinn an expert in this field who has worked with the likes of innovative companies like google
Dr Jon describes the concept of mindfulness as “the awareness that emerges through paying attention on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally to the unfolding of experience moment to moment” (Kabat-Zinn, 2003). This is something that is regularly practised in Pilates where the individual is required to feel the body during the movement to help support and provide the correct movement pattern.
We all know that given our shortened attention spans and the need for constant social media updates that this is an ability that we are all fast losing.
So how do we regain this ability to be mindful, that allows us to be present in the moment without judgment of the internal and external stimuli as they arise?
Through our continued focus to remain in the moment, with complete attention to the experience we are able to increase our ability to be mindful. This is also experienced during exercises like Pilates and Yoga where you must stay in the moment and connect with your breath and body. Through identifying with the sensations you experience in that moment you are practising mindfulness.
When’s the last time you wholeheartedly listened to someone without picking up your phone and checking a social media update?
Or when was the last time you sat and ate dinner without the blare of the television?
Mindfulness creates acceptance of your present reality this is practised regularly during Pilates, where you are forced. There is no thought as to accepting or not accepting. What is happening is happening. Mindfulness allows you to accept your current experience without desire, judgment or rejection. There is only the experience nothing more or nothing less. There is no cause for comparison to others as you remain on your own journey to improve yourself.
Through the practice of meditation or the use of exercise that engages our body and mind, our ability to remain mindful of our current experiences is heightened enabling acceptance rather than avoidance of the present moment. The past is the past it can’t be undone. The future has so much potential, to great to control, leaving only just the present moment for us to experience.
The continued practice of mindfulness exercises is said to allow you to be able to identify, tolerate and reduce difficult, painful and even frightening thoughts, feelings and sensations.
Mindfulness gives you back some sense of mastery over our thoughts and feelings.
So let’s think more about being mindful through our practice of being present.
See you in the studio.