We are going to dive and dwell deep into what is mindfulness! There are actually Three types of mindfulness. 1) The state of mindfulness, 2) Mindfulness meditation, 3) Active mindfulness. So first we will understand what is mindfulness and then we will focus on the three types of mindfulness then later in this blog post we will understand the effect of using mindfulness in our lives and how simply understanding what is mindfulness can change our way of thinking and reaction to everything that happens around us or with us. And how to take advantage of mindfulness to make the best out of everything.
What Is Mindfulness?
Mindfulness really simply translates to the ability to stay conscious and present at the moment with awareness of your surroundings. This awareness is not limited to just the surroundings, it also includes our own feelings, thoughts, and sensations. Mindfulness is actually quite parallel to relaxation because it challenges your mind to stay present and be aware of your thoughts and feelings and everything around you.
3 types of mindfulness
Now as we know and understand what is mindfulness, it is essential to also extend our knowledge to the three types of mindfulness and how we can use them. What we are talking about is three major types of mindfulness and not the Types of mindfulness meditation because mindfulness meditation doesn’t sum up the mindfulness because it is a part of mindfulness or I should say it is one of many types of mindfulness.
What is mindfulness meditation?
Mindfulness meditation is essentially a meditation practice that involves techniques such as breathing, focusing on sounds around you or the environment or the air, or simply being aware of your body, sensation, or thoughts and feelings during the meditation session.
There are two most commonly practiced mindfulness meditations, the first being the mindful breathing meditation, and the second being full-body scan mindful meditation. And there’s one more mindful meditation practice where you just allow your thoughts and feelings to come and go and observe them without any presumption, pressure to not think or any judgement towards the thoughts and feelings or yourself.
The state of mindfulness
The state of mindfulness means that you are always being aware and in the present, no matter what you are doing or experiencing or what the moment is. You are always present and you do everything mindfully. In short, you start to embody the mindfulness in your life aside from the mindfulness meditation practice, when your mind is always present, aware and experiencing everything in real-time as they happen, and experience and react on that basis.
This can be very beneficial because you will be always present so you are less likely to wander in your thoughts in the mid-conversation or in the middle of something. And also the issue of zoning out will resolve. But to get to the state of mindfulness, you will have to become regular at practicing mindfulness meditation.
What is Active mindfulness?
Active mindfulness is most and best used for situations such as anxiety attacks. Or whenever you are feeling very nervous or panicked, you can use mindfulness or I should say active mindfulness to help you calm down.
The after mindfulness involves shifting your focus to your senses through sensory exercises. Drinking water and mindfully experiencing the taste of water. Sniffing your perfume and experiencing that’s ignorance and focusing on that. Touching a fabric or a piece of cloth and experiencing that touch and how it feels and focusing on that mindfully.
So active mindfulness is using all your senses to focus on the present moment and bring you back from inside of your head into reality and in the present.
How you can Take The Advantage Of Mindfulness?
After understanding what is mindfulness and the types of mindfulness now is the time to take advantage of mindfulness to make the best of everything.
We often let our minds wander in the memories, in the thought, and in the feelings. And this happens all the time even without us noticing. And when we know that it’s often a little too late and we start to regret it. Then think about why I let myself go and started to overthink everything. Becoming the type of a person who’s always lost in thoughts and hardly able to keep track of anything they are doing. This is when mindfulness becomes very necessary.
And then there are people who are always present and always calm, but very quick to respond and a lifesaver in any situation because of how quickly they can take decisions and act. All this works because they are aware and present at the moment. And they are living their life one moment after another moment, not trying to live in the past, present, and the future at the same time.
So by taking advantage of mindfulness we mean getting to the state of mindfulness and practicing mindfulness in daily life to actually be able to enjoy life. Because if you are only dwelling and living in the past it no use, and also if you are only living in the future, it is also useless but being aware of everything (past, present, future) and then living in the present makes it possible to learn from the past, use that to live present when actually experiencing it and to use the present to take actions, plan for future and live without dwelling in the past or future.
So, basically living out of the head and in the reality but still maintaining the connection with our mind and not letting the mind control you, is how you can really take advantage of the mindfulness practice.
How To implement mindfulness in you life?
The best way to implement mindfulness in your life is by practicing mindfulness meditation but there are more subtle ways to implement mindfulness in your life that are way easier. Even the mindfulness meditation practice is still the best you can a omit that out if you are starting out and you are not really into practicing meditation.
Going For A mindful Walk
You can always go for a morning or evening walk and notice the birds and the green day around you as you are walking. This is one of the easiest ways to practice mindfulness because you can easily stay present in the environment like that.
You can always easily eat mindfully by looking at what you are having on the plate and the texture and aroma of the food. The more mindful day you will eat experiencing the food the taste it will taste to you. And you know when you are eating mindfully even the tasteless simple noodles with very subtle gentle flavors will taste so good. And when you are eating mindlessly you will not even be able to fully enjoy the tastiest and most flavorful foods in the world.
Mindful Awareness Of Comfort
Another way is paying mindful attention to your comfort. Many people struggle to sleep and might not find the most comfortable bed even comfortable at all. But when you are mindfully paying attention to the feeling of the surface of the bed, the temperature of the air, and how relaxing it makes you feel. You will be able to enjoy that moment and fall asleep quickly.
Mindful interaction practice
And when talking and interacting with others, mindfully listening to them and paying attention to their words as well as how it’s making you feel and reacting to them genuinely is also a great mindfulness practice that you can try. This will not only increase your awareness and your practice of being present in the moment but it will also improve your relationship with the people you interact with.
More Resources For you
- How To Start Meditating – Unbelievably Easy Method
- Not Feeling Good? How To Feel Inspired And Better?
- How To Control Your Emotions And Never Be A Loser Again
You can also find helpful resources at Loa Lab’s YouTube Channel such as this anxiety flush subliminal.
Conclusion and final thoughts
Mindfulness is meant to improve the quality of our life and helps us with many mental disorders such as anxiety, depression, eating disorders, stress, and sleep disorders and can also help us improve our relationships and overall mental and emotional well-being. But it will be beneficial only if mindfulness is practiced without pressure because if you are feeling the pressure or stress because you are including mindfulness practices in your daily life then you will need to let yourself a little loose and then come back to it when you feel ready.