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What is mindfulness and how can it be incorporated as a lifestyle?

September 18, 2020

If you are feeling nervous or stressed out, try this technique to keep your attention in the now.

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What is mindfulness and how can it be incorporated as a lifestyle?
What is mindfulness and how can it be incorporated as a lifestyle?


  • The practice of mindfulness has increased in the West and its relevance is growing as millions of people can connect with their mind and body.

Post-pandemic daily routine and isolation have changed the lifestyle and the way we interact with others, causing stress, anxiety and loss of mindfulness in the present and in our bodies. He Mindfulness or “mindfulness” is a practice that focuses on mindfulness and has positive effects on lifestyle and emotional wellbeing.

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The practice of mindfulness in the West has increased and its relevance is increasing as millions of people, through courses, workshops and in-depth studies, can connect with their body and mind to absorb whatever it takes to implement it. What is mindfulness and how can it be incorporated as a lifestyle? Pablo Sierra, expert and owner of the meditation course at the Aprende Institute, shares 5 facts about mindfulness:

  • It is universal: It is an inherent ability that is not exclusively reserved for a religious or philosophical movement such as Buddhism. Likewise, it can only be cultivated from personal experience and one can learn to develop and strengthen it.

  • His origin: It goes back to the Buddhist tradition for 2,500 years. It was systematically articulated and further developed in two speeches. Anapanasati Sutra: Discourse on mindfulness in breathing; Satipathana Sutra: Discourse on the basics of mindfulness.

  • His tradition: The practice puts together various ancient traditions that come from different geographical points. The Theravada Tradition of Southeast Asiafrom Southeast Asian countries such as Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam; Mahayana schoolsfrom Vietnam, China, Japan and Korea; the Vajrayana tradition of Buddhism from Tibet, Mongolia, Nepal, Bhutan, Ladakh and the Tibetan community of India.

  • Meditation or mindfulness? They are not the same. Any form of meditation can be mindfulness, but not every form of mindfulness is meditation. Meditation requires a formal method at a specific time and place. Mindfulness is an exercise that adapts to your everyday life, such as running, washing dishes, bathing or walking. Mindfulness practice is a lifestyle.

  • An example: Technik S.T.O.P.: If you are feeling nervous or stressed, try this technique to keep your attention in the now:

    Stop stop! Stop and stop whatever you’re doing for a moment.

    • Take a break: Breathe consciously. It may be one or those that are necessary to you. Take your time.

    • Observe: see the moment as it is. Notice your body first. Say it out loud or in your head. Second, what is the emotion? No stories. Third, what do I think? The question is not why? Don’t get involved in the story, just say what you think about. For example: “I am sitting in front of my computer in my living room. I have a cold and I’m sleeping. I worry and think ahead about the bills I will have to pay. “

    • Proceeds: Continue with what you did before the exercise or take important action in relation to what you observed, but do not forget about the present. Don’t get lost in your thoughts.

Mindfulness is a very useful practice for emotional wellbeing and with multiple uses not only to improve your lifestyle but also as a tool to improve the work and academic environment and even as a complement to medical and psychological treatments. Learning about it and its effects on our lives is neither exclusive to spiritual leaders nor a complex and impossible process. Control of the mind and concentration is available to everyone.

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