Many of us are stressed out these days thanks to a fast pace of life. In a recent survey, conducted in the UK, a whopping 86 percent agreed that “people would be much happier and healthier if they knew how to slow down and live in the moment.”
It is no wonder then that mindfulness has become so popular recently. But what is mindfulness and how do you actually practice it?
Mindfulness is based on ancient Zen Buddhist meditation techniques that was popularized by Jon Kabat-Zinn, a researcher at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. The idea is to focus more on the present moment and develop an accepting and non-judgmental attitude.
However, many people are confused about how to actually practice it. Below I’ve gone over the 9 essential qualities of mindfulness, according to a Buddhist master, so you can implement them into your daily life.
1) Focus on the present moment
Whenever you get lost in thinking about the past or future, bring your attention back to what you’re experiencing right now. Try to remain open to how things unfold, rather than having preconceived ideas to the way you think things should turn out.
2) Use your senses
Use your senses to become aware of what you’re feeling right now. What do you feel in your body? What are you seeing, hearing, doing – right now?