21 DAYS CONSCIOUS CHALLENGE. Week 1: Mindfulness
September 28, 2020
We tell you everything you need to know about the practice of Mindfulness and how to integrate it along the #CHALLENGE21DAYSCONSCIOUS.
What is Mindfulness?
Mindfulness is an ancient practice of Eastern origin that tries to focus all our attention on the now. It may sound simple, but in reality it is not, since we live in a day to day life full of responsibilities, rushing and "I have to do what".
No wonder that the absence of the past (depression) and the absence of the future (anxiety) are the main causes of unhappiness in our society.
Without realizing it, our mind is focused on what has already happened or what may happen, forgetting that the only thing that exists is the present and not living it intensely.
Mindfulness invites those who practice it to stop, relax, put aside the past, the future and pay attention to what is happening at that very moment.
What does Mindfulness mean?
Translated, it means "mindfulness". The word in English comes from a translation of the Pali language, the word "sati" which means pure attention, reception, full awareness of thoughts, emotions and actions of oneself.
You could say that it is about being aware of everything that is happening around you and in yourself in the now. And since it is always now, it means living in a constant state of attention, allowing you to savor your life to the fullest.
How to practice Mindfulness?
To practice it, you don't have to be enlightened, have a trendy yoga outfit or learn to play Tibetan singing bowls. It's all much simpler.
You can practice Mindfulness while eating, while playing with your dog, while working, walking or taking a shower when you get home.
Fortunately, it does not require materials or prior knowledge, you will only need desire and perseverance, because if you have never done it, perhaps in the beginning you scatter easily and get distracted.
But don't worry, by practicing you will achieve greater concentration and this is how you will practice authentic Mindfulness, moving your attention again and again from one side to the other and recognizing when you are lost in your thoughts.
Just find something to do and do it with full awareness of what you are doing. If, for example, you are going to cook, give your full attention to it. Observe the ingredients, smell them, touch them, cut them, observe how they break, mix them, feel how they melt, etc.
Benefits of Mindfulness
Mindfulness is suitable for people of all ages, sexes, races and everything you can think of. It is for everyone. But especially, it is recommended for people suffering from depression or anxiety, diseases very much on the agenda.
- Increases the ability to concentrate
- Increases creativity when solving problems.
- Increases feelings of well-being and vitality.
- Improves physical metabolism
- Strengthens the immune system
- Reduces tiredness and fatigue
- Balances blood pressure
- Reduces stress
- Contributes to self-knowledge
- Improves emotional management
- Releases automatic and unconscious patterns
- Improves self-confidence
- Helps us to be more compassionate
- Makes us enjoy life more
- Combats insomnia
This first week we propose you to do the following sessions:
DAY 1. Welcome Stage 1: Awakening.
DAY 2. Stop autopilot.
DAY 3. Analyze VS Feel.
DAY 4. Struggle VS Accept.
DAY 5. Past, present, future.
Day 6. Thoughts and reality.
DAY 7. To be, to be, to seem.