In 2009 we could pay attention an average of 13 seconds. In 2014 it’s 8 seconds—goldfish can focus for 9 seconds.

 

How many Thoughts Do You Think You Have Every Day?
With 60,000 thoughts a day (and the emotions they evoke) whirling through the mind, it is easy to understand how the mind can get cluttered, overwhelmed, and unfocused.
It’s now so crystal clear why we’re all driving ourselves mad with anxiety, stress and unhappiness. A calm, clear mind can be easily overwhelmed by the constant flow of thoughts, feelings, and sensations.
Have you ever been going somewhere and arrived at your destination only to realize you haven’t noticed anything or anyone you met along the way?
Of course you have, we all have!
This is what’s called “mindlessness,” or as some people put it, “going on automatic pilot.”

 

Mindfulness
It means the mind is fully attending to what is at hand, what you’re working on, the person you’re talking to, the surroundings you’re moving through.
It is a basic human capacity.We all have it. We all need it. And yet, it is so often elusive.
Our mindfulness can slip away from us in an instant, and we are lost in distraction or engrossed in obsessive thoughts or worries about the future.
These moments captivate our attention—we become more caught up in our inner story than what we are actually experiencing.

“Mindfulness is a way of paying attention that is taught through the practice of meditation or other exercises,in which participants learn to regulate their attention by focusing non-judgementally on stimuli such as thoughts, emotions and physical sensations.”

Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn on Mindfulness
 

What if you could watch thoughts and feelings come and go without getting so caught up in them?

Mindfulness practice encourages us not to change what our experience is, but to see it clearly because it is already our experience, here in this moment.
The focus is on how we respond to our experience rather than the difficulties themselves.
Mindfulness invites us to turn toward our experiences because our attempts to change, fix or run away from them have not worked for us and our stress is still here.

 

Mindfulness can help with these challenges and many more:
    • Anxiety
    • Depression
    • Work and life-related stress
    • Addictions
    • Chronic pain and illness
    • Emotional/binge eating
    • Relationship challenges
    • Stress-related medical conditions
    How can one practice possibly help with so many different problems?
    The answer is that they’re all made worse by the same natural tendency: in our effort to feel good, we try to avoid or escape discomfort, only to discover that this in fact multiplies our misery.
    Mindfulness is the solution to the natural habits of our hearts and minds that make life much more difficult than it needs to be.

     

    Mindfulness teaches you to:
    • Observe how we create our own distress
    • Let go of painful mental habits and replace them with more useful ones
    • Let go of your struggle to control everything
    • Be less easily thrown by life’s ups and downs
    • Have greater choice in how you respond to life’s difficulties
    • Experience the world in an entirely new way

     

    All of us have the capacity to be mindful.
    All it involves is cultivating our ability to pay attention in the present moment as we suspend our judging, or at least, as we become aware of how much judging is usually going on within our minds.

    In mindfulness practice, we change our relationship to difficult experiences—instead of trying to escape or avoid them, we move toward them.

    Over time, difficult experiences become much easier to bear and we’re less overwhelmed.
    Mindfulness allows us to deal with whatever life throws our way.

     

     Don’t think you have time for Mindfulness?

    You’re probably so busy that the thought of adding one more thing—no matter how potentially beneficial—is just too much.
    The good news is that mindfulness practice can be taken up in different ways to suit different lifestyles.
    Most people actually feel as though they have more time in their lives once they begin practicing mindfulness—they become increasingly focused and efficient while feeling more rested and less stressed.
    There are even specific one-minute mindfulness practices you can use during crises when you’re about to “lose it”—when you’re so aggravated, upset, or overwhelmed that you’re at risk of saying or doing something you’ll later regret!
    The path to mindfulness in any moment lies no further than your own body and mind and your own breathing.

    Mindfulness is not some new age fad about sitting blissfully in a corner.

    Being present in the moment with acceptance is more than just a practice – it’s a key research-proven strategy that promotes health, in the body, in the mind, and in our relationships with one another.
    Now is the time – and here is the invitation – to step into a new way of being that can reduce anxiety, stress, and fear, and enhance joy, gratitude and well-being in your life.

     
    This present moment is the only moment we truly ever have….
     

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