The term mindfulness sounds like it’s something that comes from a cold-pressed juicery that’s right next to a yoga studio + a lululemon. Health + fitness influencers flood their insta feed with mindfulness. Your *too cool for school* bestie who is living in LA became a member of a super chic meditation studio to help her find mindfulness. Podcasters swear by the concept of having mindfulness everyday. ++ Even your mom, who has been nursing her empty nest syndrome, is asking you what is all this mindfulness stuff is about that she reads in her monthly subscription to Women’s Health? You might throw out a few phrases like, *mindfulness is where you sit + meditate in a dark room ++ focus, so your mind is crystal clear*. Or *mindfulness is only for people who have troubled lives + need a complete life turn around*. But when you talk about mindfulness with people about all of the things you think you know about mindfulness, do you find yourself internally asking *what actually is mindfulness?*
Mindfulness is nowness. Being in the moment. Being present. You don’t have to be at an exotic wellness retreat to achieve this. You can be walking to work, at the gym, or at home to achieve this feeling of being present. You must get in touch with what is happening in the moment rather than what should be happening in your mind. Mindfulness is about developing a connection with yourself + set you free of the what-ifs in your life. It’s all about figuring out what your body is telling you it needs.
Mindfulness can be achieved through meditation + self-reflection. There is no *wrong* way to achieve a present state of mind because everyone is completely unique in their thoughts + behaviors. When you begin living through each day moment-by-moment, instead of thinking about what you have to do next on your to-do list, after you finish the task your doing. It starts to make days, weeks + months seem longer, which is a pretty cool thing. The mindset of living in each unique moment allows you to have to ability to see time pass slower + acknowledge things you may not otherwise.
Start slow with the whole mindfulness stuff – put down your technology for an hour a day, start meditating each morning for 10 minutes, run without music. All of these things will help you concentrate on what’s happening around you, reflect on how you’re feeling + what your mind//body needs. Allow your mind to see yourself + the world around you in a whole new beautiful light.
We are taught to seize the day [carpe diem] + embrace life because it seems so short, but if you truly have achieved mindfulness you will embrace each day moment-by-moment, which makes life seem pretty long. ++ you’ll also find it makes life that much more enjoyable!
+ Delaney [@delaney_inchaarg] // UC CHAARG