There is no single way to be mindful. That’s why, this October, we sharing insights from the EFLI community about what mindfulness is, why we practice it, and how it impacts our lives. Read on for more answers to the questions we posed:
What does mindfulness mean to you?
How do you practice mindfulness?
Why do you want to be more mindful?
Mindfulness means bringing the fullness of the present moment to your body, mind & spirit. I practice it by taking an actual minute to stop, breathe, and reflect on the current reality or situation I am facing. Pausing in this way allows me to see what I may be missing, or offers up answers I wouldn’t have come up with if I didn’t allow myself a moment of stillness.
My mindfulness practices are really varied. Sometimes I practice mindfulness by engaging with other people and doing something fun or meaningful, and sometimes I practice mindfulness by giving myself the space I need to listen to music and have alone time.
Mindfulness to me means taking good care of myself mentally and physically, both at home and at work. I define “taking good care of myself” as doing yoga, being a good communicator, looking at family photos or listening to music when I am stressed, and doing breathing exercises.
Yoga is my regular mindfulness practice. I do meditate but I often find that I need to work out the energy in my body in order to center and become more aware of my thoughts, attention, or awareness itself.
When I am mindful, I gain a sense of clarity and ease in my life. I can prioritize more clearly and be more attuned to my intuition - what I want, what I need and what I love. I'm less focused on what my friends or family might want me to be and able to be more of myself. I also find I am able to focus more when I need to - I can be present and show up more fully.