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What Is Mindfulness and How To Start

Mindfulness is a state of active, open attention on the present. When you're mindful, you carefully observe your thoughts and feelings without judging them good or bad. Instead of letting your life pass you by, mindfulness means living in the moment and awakening to your current experience, rather than dwelling on the past or anticipating the future.

A lot of people shy away from starting meditation because of a number of reasons that are actually not true. Do you find yourself saying that you think it would be a good idea but..

- I don't have time

- I can't sit still for 30 minutes

- You have to have all these extra things like a meditation cushion, incense, a prayer alter, buddhist flags, etc.

The truth, you don't need any of these things and YES you do have time. It only takes 5 minutes a day to start to build a meditation practice. Find a quiet space in your house, outside, your office, really anywhere that will allow you to close your eyes and pay attention to your breath. Find a comfortable place to sit for just 5 minutes, close your eyes and yes your brain will be going a million miles an hour, yes, thoughts will go in and out while you are sitting there but try to just focus on your breathing. What the air feels like going into your nostrils, what if feels like existing your lungs and nose as you exhale. Start with simplicity, no need for anything fancy, no need to sit yogi style on a cushion for 30 minutes. Once you become more comfortable with the 5 minute sit, then see if you can expand to 8 minutes, 10 minutes, and so on.

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