Unless you have spent a lot of time in a yoga studio or some kind of meditation center, you have probably never experienced mindfulness exercises and may never have even heard of them. Mindfulness is a state of being in the moment, right now, and this helps you to forget about all the stresses and strains that you may be under. Instead of thinking about the future and what you don’t have yet, you can concentrate on the here and now.
Mindfulness exercises are very similar to meditation or relaxation exercises in that they require you to be still, to be quiet, and to be in an area where there are no distractions of any kind. Although there are few places in modern life where you can be like this, hopefully in your own home or a quiet park, you will be able to find some kind of peace.
Some people prefer to do mindfulness exercises lying down while others like to sit up and do them. Whatever you do, you should be able to concentrate on one simple thing, whether it is your own hand or a spot on the wall. Being able to do that while concentrating on your breathing is the key to mindfulness.
The trick is to not think about the future, the past, your hopes, your dreams, or your regrets – but to think only of the current state you are in at that moment. Feel your body, feel your breath go in and out, and feel your heart beat. You will become much more aware of your muscles and even your internal organs at work.
You can gradually work up to doing this for 10 to 15 minutes per day and will eventually find that you can quickly ease into a sense of mindfulness in just a couple of minutes.