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How to Start Mindfulness? First Steps Towards a More Conscious Life

Updated: Dec 30, 2023

Have you ever felt that days and weeks just fly by in your life? You are certainly not alone!

Many of us experience that time passes quickly as we are caught up in our routines, operating on autopilot from day to day, never really stopping to experience our lives right here and now.

Mindfulness, or being mindful, helps us understand that our life happens right in this moment. It teaches us to focus on the present and slow down so that we can live our lives with the joy and wisdom that we all have within us.

In this blog post, we will go through some of the basics of how to start mindfulness, some key mindfulness benefits, and provide clear instructions on how you can start practicing mindfulness at your own pace.

We wholeheartedly welcome you on a journey towards a more conscious and fulfilling life.

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Mindfulness means living fully in the here and now.

The Basics of Mindfulness

Mindfulness is based on living in the present moment. Through mindfulness practice, we learn to observe our thoughts, feelings, and environment without judgment or trying to change them.

By developing our ability to live in the here and now, we reduce our stress, improve our concentration, and promote our overall mental well-being.

Mindfulness practice also helps us recognize and accept our feelings and thoughts, leading to deeper self-awareness and a better balance in our lives both mentally and emotionally.

The Benefits of Mindfulness

Mindfulness practice has many benefits! With mindfulness, we can reduce stress, improve focus, enhance emotional equilibrium, experience deeper and more meaningful relationships, and enhance general mental well-being.

Numerous studies have shown that mindfulness can also reduce anxiety and alleviate symptoms of depression. When we are anxious, our mind often runs at high speed, and we lose connection with the present moment. Being mindful helps us bring our attention from anxiety-inducing thoughts to what is genuinely happening in the present moment.

By being truly present in the moment, we can fully enjoy our lives, without feeling that days, weeks, and months are just slipping by.

And best of all, you’ll start seeing the positive effects of mindfulness on your life after just a few weeks of regular practice!

How to Start Mindfulness Practice

Starting with mindfulness may feel challenging at first. It's advisable to begin with small steps, just a few minutes daily.

This helps your body and mind get used to the sensation of quiet and presence without high pressure or expectations.

Steps for your first mindfulness practice:

  1. Choose a quiet place: Start by selecting a quiet and peaceful place where you can focus on your practice without distractions.

  2. Set time for your practice: Begin with 2-5 minutes daily and increase the time as you get more used to practicing.

  3. Pay attention to your breath: Following and focusing on your breath is a simple way to start being mindful. Observe the rhythm of your breath and feel the movement of air in your body.

  4. Notice when your mind wanders: It's entirely natural for your mind to wander during mindfulness practice. When you notice your mind drifting, gently and non-judgmentally bring it back to your breath. 

  5. Use guided practices: Many apps and websites, such as YouTube, offer guided practices for free. These can be a great help at the start of your mindfulness journey.

A Note on Wandering Thoughts

Wandering thoughts are often frustrating when starting with mindfulness, and many might think they can't practice at all if their thoughts wander too much. But this isn't the case at all.

Mindfulness practice is like gym training for our brain, where repetition occurs every time we call our attention back from wandering thoughts. If our thoughts didn't wander, we wouldn't have anything to train.

So in fact, mind wandering is more a prerequisite for mindfulness practice than an obstacle to it.

A person smiling with hearts next to them, demonstrating the love and happiness mindfulness can bring into your life.
Practicing mindfulness can increase your overall happiness.

Starting with mindfulness is a great investment in your mental wellbeing. It doesn't require any special equipment, just a commitment to regular practice.

Remember, the skill of being present develops over time, so be patient and gentle with yourself. 

Start with small steps and enjoy the journey towards a more conscious and happier life.

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