4 Mindfulness Misconceptions
People often associate mindfulness with only certain aspects of it, leading to misconceptions. This complex system is based on ancient Buddhist traditions that teaches you awareness and helps you to take your thoughts and emotions less “personally”. In the battle against stress and creating mental health it is an effective tool which is easy to learn. The secret of success lies in how you can turn it into an everyday habit (practises for 10 minutes daily, Mon-Sat = 1 hour for your mental fitness!). Now let’s bust those myths and misconceptions about Mindfulness.
#1 Mindfulness is Positive Thinking only
Not true, I am afraid. Mindfulness is about becoming aware of your thoughts and emotions, your behaviour, reactions and responses. When you realise what is going on in your head, how much you are usually focusing on the possible negative outcome, seeing only the problems and not the solutions all the time, it could push you towards positive thinking. And, yes, the aim is to become more positive, but mindfulness is so much more than that.
#2 Mindfulness is learning to Relax
Not really, sorry. Mindfulness is about noticing your experiences. Sometimes the result of being faced with them can be relaxation. However, it is equally possible that you become uneasy when you realise your underlying thoughts and emotions. It doesn’t mean you are doing it wrong. It actually means you managed to realise that your thoughts and emotions can be disturbing. Your job is building distance between them and you, so you can respond, rather than react to them.
#3 Mindfulness is meditation only
A part of mindfulness is meditation, that’s correct, but that’s not only it. There are many other formal and informal practices in the mindfulness toolbox, such as breathing techniques, mindful eating, etc.
#4 Mindfulness is a miracle cure
It’s a no again, I am afraid. Some people think they do a mindfulness exercise or practise it for a week and that’s it, they are cured, everything will be positive and great from now on. Just think about it. When keeping your physical body energised, you can’t just eat for a day or a week and then go without any nutrition for the rest of your life, so why would you expect that from a concept that effects your mind and emotions. Mindfulness is about learning to stay with your emotions and thoughts and make this process part of your daily routine. And that requires a regular practise.
To sum up what mindfulness is.
It is about awareness from the heart. It helps you to build your ability to look at yourself from a different perspective.
As a result:
- It literally lifts you up to a different level of consciousness, so you can see your thoughts and emotions more objectively.
- It gives you the power to take control over your thoughts, actions and emotions, therefore your mental health and ultimately your life improves.
- By building distance between you and your thoughts and emotions, you realise you are not a victim. i.e. you have a choice to respond, rather than react, so you have the power to take responsibility for what is happening inside of you.
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