To some people, mindfulness is about maximising your effectiveness in a high pressure work environment…for others , the media might have presented it as the aphrodisiac they’ve been searching for. The truth is, mindfulness is far bigger than either of these things, practicing it can indeed lead to better performance at work or a stronger connection with your partner, but to practice mindfulness for those reasons and those reasons alone may limit its true potential.
We may come to mindfulness practice with a certain amount of restlessness, part of the practice is learning how to come to peace with those feelings. It is learning to become aware of resistance and attachment, acknowledging them, and then letting them go. In actual fact it’s challenging for anyone to define what mindfulness is, because like meditation you have to experience it first hand in order to understand it.
This last point is actually quite important, as some people can become confused about the difference between meditation practice and mindfulness. In actual fact they both have the same goal, awareness of the present moment.
Formal meditation practice essentially allows us to build the foundations for living a mindful life. Mindfulness, is ones ability to bring at least some of the awareness cultivated during meditative practice into action with ones relationship to the outside world.
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