One of the simplest ways to practice mindfulness is to focus on the breath. The breath is easily utilized to anchor our attention in the present moment, since we are always, in every moment, breathing. By focusing on deep breathing you are more focused on your breath and being in the present moment and are no longer focused on what it is that is creating the stress in your life. Our brains are wired to be efficient, not mindful. Science shows us that mindful thinking asks a deliberate shift of control from the limbic system to the conscious aware, frontal lobe of the brain. With repetition, this thinking pattern can become the go-to default for navigating life rather than the emotional brain. Mindfulness positively impacts human functioning. It can help improve the quality of attention. Mindfulness, even though it is an internal quality, can impact interpersonal behaviour and lastly it can help provide greater empathy and compassion. In the research it was discovered that mindfulness cannot only positively impact attention, it can also help improve cognition, emotions, physiology and even behaviour. The researchers also found that mindfulness can help keep attention stable and help one remain focused on the present. Those who completed mindfulness training were better able to remain vigilant and focused, especially on visual and listening tasks. Mindfulness has also been shown to help improve the unique qualities of attention, stability, control, and efficacy. Practising and growing in self-care with self-compassion is another key to mindful living. If we do not practice basic self-care, we may quite simply burn out. Combining self-soothing and relaxation with resilience-enhancing strategies, self-care promotes a proactive approach to physical and mental wellbeing.
At the end of Part 6 of the Living in the Moment through Mindfulness course, you should: