Did you know that our minds wander approximately 47 percent of the time? That means that for almost half of the time that we have, we are distracted from the current moment. When you think about that statistic, it makes sense, especially in the world we currently live in. Externally, we are constantly consumed by texts, emails, and social media notifications. Internally, our minds are constantly thinking of past or future events which also causes us to be distracted from the present moment. Because of the many external and internal distractions that we all deal with on a daily basis, it is so important to practice mindfulness.
“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.” (https://www.mindful.org/what-is-mindfulness/) In its simplest form, mindfulness is being present in the current moment. Each and every individual can practice mindfulness, we just need to know how to do so. Here are a few different things we can all do to start practicing mindfulness: (https://goop.com/wellness/mindfulness/how-to-stay-present/)
– Set our intention. This is important to do because each person’s intention might be different for why we are practicing mindfulness.
– Focus our attention on the present moment. This is incredibly important as it is the main focus of mindfulness. When we are focusing on the current moment, we should be aware of our breath, thoughts, body, and our surroundings.
– Maintain a positive attitude. Be sure to treat yourself with kindness as you are practicing and learning mindfulness.
We can all practice mindfulness. It can be when we are walking outside, practicing yoga, or even sitting at our kitchen tables. With the many distractions that we all deal with each and every day, paying attention and practicing mindfulness has the potential to actually rewire our brains so we can live life with greater calm, clarity, and happiness.
Katie Zimmerman, Project Coordinator for The Kim Foundation
Katie Zimmerman joined The Kim Foundation in June 2019. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Studies and Sociology from Central College in Pella, Iowa. During her time in college, she volunteered at many non-profit organizations and took multiple sociology classes which focused on mental health. Katie’s role at The Kim Foundation includes running the social media accounts, assisting in the Youth Advisory Council, and providing mental health awareness and education to the community through A Voice for Hope and Healing presentations.