This week's guest blogger is Daniela Bragato - Mindfulness teacher and Founder of Women MAKE Stories.
Mindfulness and writing go hand in hand and they can be very powerful tools to have in your self-care box. This is one of the many reasons why I decided to set up Women MAKE Stories: to offer women a safe space to reconnect with their body and mind and write. But what exactly is mindfulness?
According to Jon Kabat-Zinn, the founder of mindfulness-base stress reduction (MBSR) mindfulness encourages us to be aware, to pay attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and with no judgement. This means being aware of everything, including distractions and discomfort.
There are so many definitions of mindfulness out there and I know it can feel a bit of a buzzword at times but at its core mindfulness is about being less human doing and more human being.
How to start with mindfulness
First of all, there is no right or wrong to practice mindfulness and you can start by simply going for a walk and paying attention to your surroundings rather than checking your emails on your phone or by closing your eyes and listening to your breathing for a few minutes when you feel stressed and overwhelmed. This will encourage you to slow down and will make you feel relaxed and out of autopilot mode.
Mindfulness isn’t a quick fix
What I love about mindfulness is that it doesn’t give you any false promise. There’s no ‘quick fix’ or ‘drink this and your life will be better.’ Mindfulness takes time and commitment. You can’t expect to see the benefits if you don’t keep at it. As much as you can’t get rid of all the negative stuff that happens in your life and pushing the pain away will only make it worse.
Mindfulness teaches you how to navigate life though uncertainty and challenges. It makes you become more aware of how you’d normally react to certain events and shows you that, even when things are out of your c