There’s a little thing called mindfulness that’s sweeping the nation—and it’s quite the powerful tool.
What is mindfulness? It’s actually what it sounds like—being mindful. Unfortunately with our smartphones, television, errands, diets, money, kids, spouses, parents and more, mindfulness is much easier said than done.
There are certain tools one can use to harness the power of mindfulness—one of those is mindfulness meditation.
So what is mindfulness meditation? Psychology Today describes it as, “unique in that it is not directed toward getting us to be different from how we already are. Instead, it helps us become aware of what is already true moment by moment. We could say that it teaches us how to be unconditionally present; that is, it helps us be present with whatever is happening, no matter what it is.”
Pretty neat, huh? Now how can mindfulness meditation aid someone with diabetes? Well first and foremost, there is research that shows that practicing mindfulness can lead to less stress, better sleep, better weight control, and more. All the benefits associated with mindfulness can help to better manage diabetes and feel more in control.
Each day, being mindful, can lead to less mindless eating and over-indulging, can perhaps compel you to take that brisk walk in the afternoon to revel in the lovely weather, lead to better sleep and overall can help us to make better choices.
So now, in this moment (actually wait until you finish this paragraph), close your eyes and focus on your breath, that natural rhythm that keeps us living but that we are hardly ever mindful of…try to keep focus by listening to yourself inhale and exhale. See how long you can go for and when thoughts come knocking, which they certainly will, acknowledge them, but also let them fade away as you gear your focus back on your breathing…
Did you give it a try? If you weren’t successful—have no fear. Our minds are used to constantly juggling thoughts—certainly not focusing on your breath. But it’s important to know that your brain is a muscle, and the more you practice mindfulness meditation, the easier it gets.
“The present moment is filled with joy and happiness. If you are attentive, you will see it.” –Thich Nhat Hanh, Peace Is Every Step: The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday