You may have landed on this page because you have read, or are reading, my latest book, Attention Management: How to Create Success and Gain Productivity Every Day! , and you’d like to learn a bit more about mindfulness.
Mindfulness has many layers. A simple understanding is “being present in the moment.” This means to have a calm awareness of your thoughts, feelings, and sensations in your body. A more advanced idea of mindfulness is the ability to recognize your thoughts as you’re having them, and to detach from them—to observe them without judgement. I view mindfulness and meditation on a continuum: I am mindful (present) in a moment, and from there I can move into an active “meditation,” which would be a continued period of directing my thoughts (also known as a “concentration meditation”).
A meditation practice is one way to become more mindful, more often. Meditation practices are also very layered. They can be religious or secular. They can be as simple as a short guided meditation, which is essentially like listening to and mentally participating in a story. An easy way to introduce short and easy (secular) meditations into your life is to use a guided meditation app. My favorite is Buddhify and you can learn more about that here.
If you’d like to take a few minutes out of your days to more thoroughly learn and implement a meditation practice, there is an app for that also. I was contacted by the nice folks at a new app called FitMind. They invited me to check it out and I am really enjoying it. In addition to the benefits of a daily, short meditation practice that the app leads me through, inherent in the meditation is an education on how to meditate. Fitmind is a science-based, mental fitness program. I’m early in the program but am learning a lot and realizing some early benefits, like increased mindfulness. I find myself more aware of how I’m feeling in a given moment, which gives me the ability to adjust if my mental state isn’t serving me. (This is an important piece of attention management that I describe in chapter 1 of Attention Management).
You can learn more about FitMind here.*
If you didn’t land on this page because you saw it in my book, you can check that out here.
*This is an affiliate link and I may receive a small commission if you purchase the app. However I only agree to become an affiliate after personal testing of the products and services I recommend.