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  • Writer's pictureNicole Hutchison

Living in the Moment

Mindfulness has become an increasingly popular topic, but I find clients often don’t know where to start.  With access to so many resources, mindfulness can seem complicated and difficult to learn and apply.  For some, there may be uncertainty about whether mindfulness is associated with a particular religion or cultural belief system.  

Let me put your mind to ease, mindfulness is quite simple.  We all have within us the capacity to be mindful, we only need to recognize it and practice it.  Mindfulness is not limited to those who follow a particular religion or maintain certain cultural beliefs.  We can all experience the many health benefits of a mindfulness practice, including mental, emotional, spiritual, and physical. 

“Mindfulness is the basic human ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we’re doing, and not overly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s going on around us.”

So, where do we begin?  By simply paying attention.  

  • What are you thinking about?  Mindfulness is not about clearing your mind or thinking about anything in particular.  Our minds are made to have thoughts, and our goal in this moment is only to notice what we are thinking about, letting go of judgment and self-criticism.

  • How do you feel?  This includes how you feel both mentally and physically. With curiosity, notice the emotions you are currently experiencing and how your body is feeling.  Release the urge to fix or change how you are feeling.

  • Notice your surroundings.  Employ your senses to take in what you see, hear, smell, feel, and taste.  The challenge is to notice your surroundings for what they are, and not attach any meaning to them.

A simple way to get started is to set aside a specific time each day to practice, even just 3-5 minutes. Begin practicing at times of the day when you are well rested and more alert and have fewer distractions. Set a timer for yourself, and each time your mind wanders gently bring it back to the present moment and remind yourself it’s ok.  You’re learning something new. 

If you would like to expand your understanding of mindfulness and for ideas on ways to practice, I’ve listed a few resources below by reputable resources. You can also consider working with a coach or other healthcare professional specializing in mindfulness. It’s important to remember, though, that there is no right or wrong way to practice mindfulness.  Find what works for you, and make your practice your own.

~Nicole Hutchison, PT, CSCS, Holistic Health & Integrative Nutrition Coach


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