The 5 C's to Building a Mindfulness Practice
Creating a mindfulness practice can seem overwhelming or unattainable but it doesn’t have to be. Here are my 5 C’s to incorporating a mindfulness practice into your daily routine.
Mindfulness is simply being fully present, aware of where you are at this moment of time and meditation is simply the practice of connecting with your breath. Connecting with the breath brings us to the present moment and we use the breath because its always with us.
Believe that you can be more aware. Accept where you are and have the confidence that you can build a mindfulness practice into your daily life. Now, I know that confidence can sometimes be a fleeting feeling, and you know what, that’s okay. Meditation is simply about bringing your awareness back to your breath. We all breathe, and in that awareness is enough to be confident that you can start. If that fails, then simply act “as if” you possess the confidence you feel is required to start. Building confidence in an area that is new to you will take time, so be kind to yourself.
The idea that you can just start a new mindfulness practice and not have stumbling blocks is setting yourself up for disillusionment. We have to learn to have compassion for ourselves, cut ourselves some slack and recognize that we are doing the best that we can at the present moment. Being kind to oneself is a form of self-care so tap into your feelings. We often think of compassion as something we do for others. In fact, the formal definition of compassion is ‘a feeling of distress for the suffering or misfortune of others, often including the desire to alleviate it’. So, when we feel compassion for others, we are quick to want to find solutions to help them. However, when it comes to giving ourselves the same attention, we are quick to judge and slow to act.
Have a clear understanding of your WHY. Why do you want to practice mindfulness? It could be because you are stressed. It could be because you are anxious. Whatever it is, get clarity on why you want to start a mindfulness practice and what you are looking to get out of it. Understand what you want to achieve and why you want to make the change. When you begin to do this, you will start getting more clarity in your intention.
This is really important. The more consistency you have in your practice, the more benefits you will see. Meditating consistently has been proven to reduce stress, decrease anxiety and depression, improve social and personal relationships, reduce the amount of negative self talk and improve your overall focus and attention. When you begin to meditate more consistently you will undergo a shift in your mental and physical health and you will see the benefits unfold in your life.
Build your tribe. Join a community where other mindfulness practitioners come together and support one another. You don’t have to go it alone. We all have busy lives and it can be a challenge to commit to a daily practice. However, if you surround yourself with a good community then your chances of sticking to your practice will increase.
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