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Approved 08 December, 2021 @ 10:12am by Jan Viljoen (version: 8)

Mindfulness

Within the AltanaESP context mindfulness is defined as the moment-by-moment awareness of thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations and the surrounding environment, characterized mainly by “acceptance”… thus, being aware of, acknowledgement and paying attention to the thoughts, emotions and feelings without judging whether they are right or wrong for the perceived context.

Using and applying mindfulness in everyday life is best illustrated by the following image…

Who can seize the moment and apply the power of now the best and most productively? …the man or the dog?

Every now and then we have to close the apps on our phones because there is too much going on. Our minds need some space to function properly. Some room to manoeuvre. Our minds work much in the same way. We could benefit from a similar hard reboot. So, we should be cognizant of any lingering thoughts we have been carrying around. When we catch one, place it on the screen of your mind and mentally swipe it away just as you do on your phone. In doing so, we are going to release a boatload of tension and “move” much more lightly throughout life. It's a fresh day… a week… a month. We need a fresh mind from which we can operate. To flow with unrestricted ease.

Key principles of mindfulness…

  1. Release the tension and stress that builds up every day.
  2. Unleash our creativity allowing us to express our authentic selves.
  3. Slow our heart rate and improve our long term health.
  4. Take control of negative thoughts, emotions, criticism and guilt.
  5. Be more present and available for the people who truely matter in our lives.
  6. Establish an opportunity to connect to our body intelligence and boost our mental performance and assist us to achieve our goals with greater ease.
  7. Nurture better relationships, enhance communication and enjoy a more adventurous spirit.
  8. Prime our minds to increase our contributions and deliver value to the people and world around us.

Being aware of what’s happening as it’s happening.
Paying attention to your life, here and now, with kindness and curiosity.
Paying attention to what’s going on right here, right now inside and outside of us.
Paying attention to something, in a particular way, on purpose, in the present moment, non-judgmentally.