What is Mindfulness?

By Débora Tejera | Learn mindfulness

An attentive cat

The practice that we know today as Mindfulness has its origin in one of the oldest forms of meditation, Vipassana meditation. Its cultivation helps us to acquire a clearer awareness of what is happening at the same time as it is happening.

In this sense, we could define Mindfulness as a way to develop our ability to be truly present. It’s a practice that trains us to maintain a moment-by-moment awareness of our thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations and the surrounding environment, just as they are.

We thus learn to focus our mind, intentionally and progressively, on one element at a time.

The benefits of Mindfulness

When we train ourselves to harness our attention in this way, the body and the mind become still. An inner state of deep calm and stillness is generated, and this has a positive impact on all spheres of our life.

In recent decades, numerous scientific investigations have been carried out to determine the effects of continued Mindfulness practice among the people who practise it. Among other things, it has been found to:

  • Reduce levels of stress, anxiety and depression, providing greater calm and balance to people’s lives
  • Improve people’s resilience, well-being and general functioning
  • Increase personal and social awareness, resulting in better relationship management
  • Regulate emotions, emphasising the positive ones
  • Improve emotional intelligence
  • Allow us to develop greater compassion for ourselves and others
  • Give our life a greater sense of meaning, satisfaction and enjoyment.

A path to self-acceptance

Mindfulness is a process of self-discovery that allows us to witness what happens inside and outside us, without judging the experience and without stepping aside.

The only requirement in carrying out our practice is that we approach it with an attitude of acceptance and openness, of curiosity towards what the experience brings us in each moment.

This general attitude of welcoming without judging allows us to become more aware of our internal functioning, of how we really are. And from there, we learn to accept ourselves as we are, embrace ourselves and develop our full potential.

In short, Mindfulness practice offers you the possibility to reconnect gradually with the essence of who you are.

If you’d like to experience it for yourself, our free 7-day Mindfulness Challenge is the perfect place to start.