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Mindfulness: Your Inner Source of Happiness

Updated on April 29, 2015
Mindfulness, being present in the moment.
Mindfulness, being present in the moment.

How Can Mindfulness Help Me

When thinking about the concept of Mindfulness and its power to teach acceptance for what is, I wondered who it would interest and the following people come to mind, obviously:

  • those who are curious about Mindfulness and would like to try meditation,

Those wishing to open another path to recovery,

  • those who suffer from stress, anxiety or depression,
  • those who are trying to overcome childhood hurts or addictions,

and, lastly ideas for those who have the most important of jobs!

Mindfulness is an inner resource that can help to overcome many of life's curved balls and, is about developing and applying the skills needed to support one's freedom and happiness.

Jon Kabat-Zinn is a Professor of Medicine Emeritus at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center. He developed, in 1979, the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) programme and defined Mindfulness simply as :

  • "Paying attention in a particular way :
  • On purpose :
  • In the present moment and,
  • Non-judgmentally"

Many studies have since shown the benefits of MBSR in cardiovascular disease, depression, addictions and other conditions, such as chronic pain.

Mindfulness becomes much more powerful than distraction for tolerating pain, more often than not, the sensory side of chronic pain will reduce as well. Instead of turning away from pain, you give it your full attention and extraordinarily, its releases it grip on you.

Please note that a trained Psychotherapist or instructor to guide you, when needing help for serious problems is the sensible, safe choice.

The University of Massachusetts Medical School has a list of practitioners.

Mindfulness aims to quieten the buzz.
Mindfulness aims to quieten the buzz. | Source

What is Mindfulness

Mindfulness aims to shut out the noise, it is a technique which enables mental clarity, thereby enhancing concentration and focus, by using breathing skills practiced in yoga and meditation.

  • It is paying attention to the present and removing clutter from the brain to make room for creativity and clarity.
  • In the workplace today, we have uncertainty and instability, pressure and information overload. As the pace of change accelerates, mindfulness training allows one to focus on the moment, rather than allowing the mind to wander, or be over run by past thoughts or worries for the future.
  • Stopping the overload and functioning on autopilot.
    How scary is it find that you remember getting into your car, and now have reached your destination - but cannot remember anything of what happened on the way?

The aim of the breathing exercises is to become more aware of your thoughts and feelings, without judging or fighting them, thereby enabling better management without being overwhelmed by them.

As an aside, the US Military, recognises that mindfulness training it is an effective form of mental discipline and offers it to their marines before deployment. So if you thought it was airy-fairy, mumbo jumbo - it's not.

It only takes 10 minutes - Andy Puddicombe

Learn How to Pause

Introductory Training in Mindfulness

When asked by Time Magazine, Dr. Kabat-Zinn said, "In the beginning, the most prevalent experience is becoming aware of how mindless you are and how many impulses you have to distract or entertain yourself, to fix or change what is happening, so that you don’t have to tolerate this moment the way it actually is."

Pausing, is baby steps and the alert experience stops your thoughts from wandering and trains your mind to focus sharply in the present and watch for distraction.

Pausing: Pausing can just take a few seconds at first, take a single deep breathe so that your stomach rises.
Observe: Did you remain focused - if not refocus.
Objective: Use the pause to bring your focus back into the present moment in the midst of your day.

Therapists agree that training attention and awareness will, over time, enhance cognitive functioning and assist in supporting emotional balance, thereby creating ease and happiness in life.

Focus on the small things that you do in your life.

Washing up, instead of letting your mind wander, or being annoyed because nobody washed their dishes, just concentrate on what you are doing, breathe deeply.

If you mind wanders bring it back to what you are doing, if irritated thoughts creep in, change them to a good thought, such as how lucky you are to have a family and they'll be happy you did the washing for them, then re- focus on what you are doing.

Mindfulness Meditation

Kindness, the Essential Ingredient, both toward yourself and others.

Learning to quiet and calm the mind and cultivate positive emotions like appreciation, gratitude and enjoyment, will bring these benefits to you.

The key points in Mindful Meditation are:

A Quiet Environment. Choose a quiet place either indoors or out, where you can be without interruptions.
A Comfortable Position. Sit up straight, either in a chair with your feet flat on the floor, or sit on the floor perhaps cross-legged, or the lotus position.
Find a Point of Focus. Anything may be used, internal such as a feeling or scene, or something external such as a candle flame, or other object. You can close your eyes or keep them open, or choose a word or phrase that you repeat throughout your session to enhance your concentration.
An Attitude that is Observant and non-judgemental. Don't worry about the ebb and flow of your thoughts, if they intrude your relaxation session, gently turn your attention back to your point of focus.

Mindfulness : Extreme Emotions and Impulses

Another benefit worth mentioning, is that Mindfulness can help you see and make connections that were not apparent to you in the past:

Many people have learned to block out feelings, or don't recognise an emotion until it becomes extreme.

Mindfulness gives you the opportunity to observe and work with emotional chain reactions and triggering.

You will see and make connections between perception, thought, memory, emotion and impulses - and prevent your mind and body from going out of control without you knowing why.

When you are stressed, or anxious, or in emotional or physical pain, do the following for a few minutes - ideally you need to work up to 30 minutes, morning and evening. At this stage relax for whatever time makes you comfortable.

Clearly, changing your awareness and focus, will loosen the grip of habitual response patterns, be it alcohol, drugs or food and, bring greater freedom to choose how you respond to the inevitable unpleasant and unwanted experiences in life, work and relationships.

How Mindfulness can change your life


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    • Joy56 profile image


      8 years ago

      lovely thanks......wise words

    • CyberShelley profile imageAUTHOR

      Shelley Watson 

      8 years ago

      AAW9, Thank you Anthony those are indeed great comments coming from you. I appreciate your visit.

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      8 years ago

      I like your mind-set Shelly. Productive, helpful and well-directed. Well done!... Anthony ;)

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      Peggy Woods 

      8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Some excellent advice in this hub and am voting it up, useful and interesting. We all need to take a break from the hustle and bustle of everyday life once in a while.

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      Denise Handlon 

      8 years ago from North Carolina

      Shelley-I absolutely love this article. It is so beneficial for anyone to practice, I certainly hope many people are encouraged by your information to at least try to utilize these methods.

      I employ mindfulness as part of my spiritual practice, and it is amazing what clarity arises throughout the day. Thanks. UP/A/U and sharing.

    • CyberShelley profile imageAUTHOR

      Shelley Watson 

      8 years ago

      Olde Cashmere, Thank you for visiting and appreciate your comments and the share!

      DDE Quite right you are about happiness, thank you for the vote Devika.

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      Devika Primić 

      8 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      The beauty of life is happiness my friend, and these ways sound most helpful too. Thanks for the insightful information. Voted up!

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      Olde Cashmere 

      8 years ago

      These techniques are incredibly beneficial for us. Thank you CyberShelley for a great and fascinating read. Voting this up and sharing as well. Also rated useful and interesting :)

    • CyberShelley profile imageAUTHOR

      Shelley Watson 

      8 years ago

      shiningirisheyes, thank you for visiting and the lovely comments. I have never thought of a breathing exercise for migraine, but I will definitely try. I have to take a mix of two pills when I get the aura, if I miss that, the migraine arrives and will stay for 2-3 days minimum.

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      Shining Irish Eyes 

      8 years ago from Upstate, New York

      Excellent. Mindfulness - sounds like my kind of practice. Decreasing extreme emotions or impulses, quiet and calm, learning how to pause, non-judgementality.

      I wish more would read this as it includes many positive ways toward adopting common respect to your self as well as others.

      I also practice a breathing exercise for relieving my migraines. Works every time.

    • CyberShelley profile imageAUTHOR

      Shelley Watson 

      8 years ago

      Natashalh, Thank you for visiting. It is so rewarding to have someone visit who can make use of something I've written about that I find either useful or of interest.

      billybuc, Now I know why you reflect a calm, relaxed, and brimming over with 'life juice', persona. Thank you for stopping by and sharing.

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      Bill Holland 

      8 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Excellent information, Shelley! I learned this awhile back, and use it effectively in my life. Living in the moment....shutting off the world and finding inner has made all the difference for me.

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      8 years ago from Hawaii

      I'm bookmarking this - practicing mindfulness is something I need to do! It always seems like my mind is racing and I'm distracted (especially when I try to sleep). I know people who are so good at being mindful, but I know I have a long way to go. Thanks for the helpful suggestions.


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