Mindfulness

Mindfulness means being fully in the moment, aware of what is going on, and not allowing oneself to become overwhelmed or to react inappropriately. Mindfulness helps to make it more a part of regular life. It can help make a habit of pausing to pay attention to what is happening right now instead of being lost in the past or imagining the future. Mindfulness includes recognizing when one’s mind begins to get carried away and drawing it back to now. It is not always an easy thing to do, which is why it is so important to practice often. 

Some things can be helpful for practicing. Try one of these suggestions:

Walking outdoors and mindfulness
Relaxed young woman walking in nature and feeling relaxed, sunlight shining through trees, relax and mindfulness concept
  1. Walking alone in nature can be a good way to focus on the present. Notice the things that surround the path and keep in the moment rather than getting lost in thought. It is easy to slip into autopilot when walking a familiar pathway, so it can be helpful to choose a new trail to keep in the present. 
  2. Enjoy a cup of coffee or tea with a friend and make a point to listen carefully to the conversation. Rather than losing track of what the friend is saying by becoming lost in considering what to say next, focus on the conversation and listen to what is being spoken. Note reactions to what is said but set reactions aside until the friend has finished speaking. Repeat what you are hearing back to verify that what has been said is understood.
  3. Take a few minutes to just sit, breathe, and focus inward. Make a mental note of each part of the body, focus on mental clarity, and breathe. 
  4. Start your morning with mindful wakefulness. Instead of popping out of bed and jumping into the day, pause to take some deep breaths and take time to enjoy a few minutes of mindfulness before easing into the usual morning routine. 
  5. At a meal, instead of eating automatically and paying no attention to what is entering the mouth and body, focus on each bite of food. Enjoy the flavors and take time to chew thoroughly. Smell the food and drink. Savor it. Resist the temptation to rush through the meal. 
  6. End the day with mindful meditation. Relax on purpose. Take a few moments to just be. Set aside what happened throughout the day in order to focus on the moment. 

It can be very helpful to learn more about mindfulness from a book, or to use a journal to help with mindfulness. There are a variety of journals available to encourage being in the moment.

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Where to Buy
Mindfulness: An Eight-Week Plan for Finding Peace in a Frantic World
A Year of Mindfulness
The Headspace Guide to Meditation and Mindfulness
Wherever You Go, There You Are
10-Minute Mindfulness
Ultimate Mindfulness Activity Book
Mindfulness Cards
The Little Book of Mindfulness
Practicing Mindfulness
Mindfulness for Beginners
Mindfulness in Plain English

 

1. Mindfulness: An Eight-Week Plan for Finding Peace in a Frantic World

For someone who is just beginning to learn about mindfulness, this eight-week plan can help to learn and practice being present.

2. A Year of Mindfulness

Continue into a full fifty-two weeks of mindfulness with this guided journal which offers themes, writing prompts, and simple exercises.

3. The Headspace Guide to Meditation and Mindfulness

Written by a former Buddhist monk, this book encourages people to take time from each day – just ten minutes – to be mindful. 

4. Wherever You Go, There You Are

Popular since 1994, this book still encourages the average person to be mindful, and has been known to change lives. 

5. 10-Minute Mindfulness

Learn 71 habits to help live in the present and overcome negativity. This book is also available on Kindle and as an audiobook, to help people to learn to be mindful wherever a moment is available to listen or read. 

6. Ultimate Mindfulness Activity Book

This book for younger folks can teach them the methods of mindfulness. Though it is geared for young folks, adults may find the 150 lessons useful, too.

7. Mindfulness Cards

Carry these cards everywhere to remind and inspire habits of mindfulness. More than fifty suggestions, quotes, and exercises aid in cultivating a mindfulness habit in everyday life.

8. The Little Book of Mindfulness

Just ten minutes a day can help let stress go and live in the present. This little book offers ways to add peace. 

9. Practicing Mindfulness

Use these 75 meditations to encourage positivity, peace, and stress reduction every day.

10. Mindfulness for Beginners

This book comes with a CD to offer beginners useful practice in mindfulness and those suggestions and inspirations can be helpful even for those who have already learned how to focus on the present.

11. Mindfulness in Plain English

Jargon does not help beginners, so starting with a book that is very clear and plain can be of great help to those who have not previously practiced mindfulness. Examine the reality of meditation and mindfulness and bust the myths about the practice.

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Where to Buy
Mindfulness: A Practical Guide to Awakening
I Am Peace: A Book of Mindfulness
Mindfulness Meditations for Anxiety
Practicing Mindfulness: An Introduction to Meditation Course Guidebook
Mindful Kids
A Sloth’s Guide to Mindfulness
The Mindfulness Journal
Mindful Games Activity Cards
The Mindfulness Workbook for Anxiety
Wild Mindfulness
Master of Mindfulness

12. Mindfulness: A Practical Guide to Awakening

This book encourages mindfulness in all areas of life, including body, mind, feelings, and experience. The author spent forty years teaching the concepts contained in this book.

13. I Am Peace: A Book of Mindfulness

A world full of chaos can make peace seem inaccessible but practicing mindfulness can bring wonder and beauty. This book is meant to help parents teach children how to be mindful and live in the moment. 

14. Mindfulness Meditations for Anxiety

The 100 practices in this book are simple enough to help bring peace in anyone’s life, no matter how anxiety-producing life seems to be. Train your mind and body to respond appropriately. 

15. Practicing Mindfulness: An Introduction to Meditation Course Guidebook

This textbook teaches how to focus on the moment with 24 lectures that take students through the techniques and principles of meditation and mindfulness.

16. Mindful Kids

This deck of cards includes fifty activities that offer ideas for games and exercises to encourage mindfulness, improve calm and focus, and promote relaxation. 

17. A Sloth’s Guide to Mindfulness

This humorous book leads readers through daily meditations for mindfulness and enlightenment. 

18. The Mindfulness Journal

Use this journal and its prompts for a year to practice focusing on the moment. There is a lot of space in the journal to write answers to the prompts, illustrate if desired, and keep positive.

19. Mindful Games Activity Cards

This deck of cards is made to give teens and kids fun ways to develop focus and learn to regulate emotions. 

20. The Mindfulness Workbook for Anxiety

Use this workbook for eight weeks to overcome anxiety and relieve stress. Build skills and learn to apply them to real life. 

21. Wild Mindfulness

This picture book teaches ways to experience mindfulness and learn techniques through the story of a young girl. 

22. Master of Mindfulness

This picture book teaches how to be your own superhero when there are stressful moments in life. Rather than giving in to stress, anger, and disappointment, learn to focus on positive things and release anxiety.

Mindfulness versus Awareness 

Mind full or mindful question
Mind full or mindful ? Inspiraitonal handwriting on a napkin with a cup of tea.

When reading about self-improvement and improving mental well-being, you might encounter these two terms. While these concepts might appear the same on the surface, there is a stark difference when training your mind to be mindful or fully aware. Mindfulness techniques primarily focus on living in the moment, taking everything in, and letting go of unwanted thoughts or feelings. 

On the other hand, awareness training helps train your brain to stay focused on the moment and process everything happening around you. During awareness training, you do not learn to let the negative thoughts and uneasy feelings go away. Instead, it instills learning to process everything going around you; hence, it is called awareness. 

Learning to be more mindful in our lives implies taking help from our minds and thoughts as we go through the moment with all our sincerity. It helps us become more grateful and appreciative of the things we are blessed with.

Awareness helps induce a sharp sense of your surroundings by enhancing and sharpening your senses. Awareness training enables you to pick up on others’ emotions and moods and thus helps make you non-judgmental of people. 

Learning to be mindful helps you achieve self-love and care, which is vital for your mental well-being. Unlike mindfulness, awareness helps you care deeply and empathize with people around you.

Mindfulness  Awareness 
Introspective technique  Acceptance technique
Based on feelings and emotions  Based on sharpened senses 
Best for improving thought processes  Best for improving your manner of living 
Directed at controlling thoughts  Helps embrace all the thoughts and process them accordingly 
Does not help much with uplifting mood  Best for controlling mood swings 

What to Opt For? 

Mindfulness is the most suitable for learning how to stabilize your mental health. Putting yourself as a priority and taking the required steps to achieve mental well-being is the most important thing. So, if you need to become more peaceful from within, mindfulness is the answer to your apprehensions.