Mindfulness is the idea of learning how to be fully present and engaged in the moment, aware of your thoughts and feelings without distraction or judgment.
Mindfulness can be cultivated through proven techniques. Read more to know the various types and benefits of mindfulness.
Mindfulness is a practice involved in various religious and secular traditions -from Hinduism and Buddhism to yoga and, more recently, non-religious meditation. People have been practicing mindfulness for thousands of years, whether on its own or as part of a larger tradition. Know more about the history of mindfulness, if interested.
While mindfulness can be practised in each and every activity we do in our life, here are some tips on a few.
The time you spend every day in the shower is a perfect opportunity to pay attention to the present moment you are living in and become more in touch with your body. The tips in this article can equally help those of us who do not have the luxury of uninterrupted water supply and those of us who prefer a bucket bath!
A mindful shower – A perfect start to everyday
How to Be Mindful While Brushing Your Teeth
Mindful walking simply means walking while being aware of each step and of our breath. Know more about mindful walking on our page about meditation.
Mindful eating (i.e., paying attention to our food, on purpose, moment by moment, without judgment) is an approach to food that focuses on individuals’ sensual awareness of the food and their experience of the food. It has little to do with calories, carbohydrates, fat, or protein. The purpose of mindful eating is not to lose weight; the intention is to help individuals savour the moment and the food and encourage their full presence for the eating experience.
Mindful eating with Indian Cuisine: In a fast-paced world, it is becoming increasingly normal to eat while also busy with other tasks, like checking mails or watching TV or even commuting. But this style of eating is mindless and doesn’t really satiate the senses or the mind. How we eat can be as important as what we eat.
The raisin experience is a wonderful example of what mindful eating can be, with its intention to focus on various aspects of the moment-by-moment experience. The focus on the sensual experiences of sight, sound, smell, touch, and taste brings about the full awareness of the food in the moment. The raisin experience involves eating a raisin mindfully, to demystify the concept of meditation.
Diets in times of disequilibrium: As food prices rise, and the supply of produce is controlled, we must find a way of eating, mindful of the context and our own privilege.
Mindfulness-Based Art Therapy: Combining mindfulness concepts with art therapy results in the therapeutic treatment that combines the philosophy of mindfulness within an art therapy setting. In other words, you engage in the creative process of making art as a way to explore yourself (in a mindful manner).