According to Jon Kabat-Zinn to be ‘mindful’ is to pay “attention in a particular way; on purpose, in the present moment, and non judgmentally” (Kabat-Zinn is the father of modern mindfulness).
Cultivating mindfulness enables you to be more focussed and fully present. And more and more people in the Business World and the Sphere of Education are starting to recognise the benefits of being mindful at work, throughout our schooling, and in all spheres of life. These include the ability to focus, listen better , regulate emotions, and make decisions, to name but a few.
The first step to cultivating mindfulness is to cultivate self-awareness. One of the simplest ways to do this is to pay attention to physical sensations in the body.
We simply observe the body. No stories. No judgment. Just feel.
Here is a basic recorded exercise to help you do this. It invites you to systematically observe the sensations you feel in different parts of your body. It comes with the added benefit of being deeply relaxing. Best of all, it only takes 10 minutes. Enjoy!
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