How to understand the concept of "mindfulness" ?
You can't disagree with us if we say that stress is now an increasingly present companion who accompanies us daily in our lives. By applying mindfulness regularly it will completely change our approach to the stressful and less pleasant situations we get into every day. There are times when we feel that we are down because of stress, but by applying mindfulness into our routine, we may not be completely absorbed by the stressful moments and we can stand over them!
It seems like a complete science, but everything that is ultimately natural for the harmony of our psychology and body will find its way to our understanding, which will prove quite simple. That is precisely the beauty of everything positive for our soul, in perfect and natural simplicity. If someone mentions "mindfulness" and you can't give them an advice on what the magic of this vocabulary is, let's explain it a bit more.
Mindfulness can be understood as a psychological process of complete attention or awareness of the present moment. Its origin is derived from an important element of Buddhist traditions - sati and is based mainly on the techniques of meditation Zen, Vipassana and Tibetan. Clinical psychology has been making full use of mindfulness since the 1970s, especially in the presence of depression, anxiety and stress. Various researches point to a positive link between mental health and mindfulness, which is one of the reasons that should make us think about including mindfulness in our daily routine.
Sometimes we do not respond to the situation as it is, but to our thoughts and ideas, which appear 100 times more catastrophic than the present situation. It is said that we are not what we think, but what we do. This is exactly what stress situations are, they are stressful because we do them in our heads and react to them as stressful. But what if we learned to pay full attention to them and not to create a picture of our stressful ideas? Full awareness will teach us to reduce the level of stress we feel. Did you know that mindfulness helps to calm stress centers in our brain while building those that are responsible for a good mood?
Train hard, fight easy. Training mindfulness through meditation during our beginnings may seem very challenging, or even impossible, but even small steps in learning will prove to be very helpful in situations where life will surprise us. Hearing and reading hundreds of times, is never equal to trying ourselves, so let's go from theory to practice.
Meditation is a formal way to learn how to practice mindfulness, and in today's modern technology-oriented era, we are assisted by various educational videos, audiobooks, as well as applications. The basis is not only to download the app, but also to set aside a few minutes of our time to use it and cultivate a positive attitude towards practicing meditation and learning mindfulness.
Here are our 5 tips for apps to practice mindfulness:
The point is to find an app that suits you. You will likely to fall in love with Headspace. It is available to iPhone users as well as those who have Andoid mobile devices. Headspace will initiate into the world of meditation even a beginner. It offers a free trial. However, even a paid membership is not a breathtaking amount. In addition, the Headspace meditation app also offers the ability to set up daily notifications to remind us not to forget to set aside a moment for your beloved meditation.
https://www.youtube.com/user/Getsomeheadspace : Headspace also has a channel on YouTube where it engages in various meditation-related content, as well as a sleep podcast that has the right title „Sleepcast“
As letters say when entering the application - Find your calm, so it really is. Calm is eager to accompany us on our daily journey to seek peace, sleep better, cope with stress, and ultimately - for a better life. Like Headspace, we can try this app for free and see if it's worth a few euros a month.
The application, "Aura: Mindfulness & Happiness", shows us that we will go with her to discover our more conscious and happier being. It can be found in the App Store, but also on Google Play. It offers free features, but also membership, which we pay extra if you are interested. And what makes Aura unique? Every day it offers a three-minute meditation, which is created individually according to the preferences that we fill in at the beginning. Every day we undergo a unique and new meditation.
If you are still undecided to any of the above-mentioned apps, ZenFriend may become your daily meditation friend. The app spreads the message of the importance of daily meditation and the change of our lives. ZenFriend helps us build habits that effectively combat stress, fear and anxiety.
- Insight Timer
Our five applications for practicing meditation and mindfulness are completed by the Insight Timer application. The app includes a simple timer, without the need to meditate in the presence of music. Interestingly, it allows a preview of the map, through which we can see how many people are currently meditating, and we can engage in discussion with others.