Updated: Sep 6, 2018
Can anyone practice mindfulness?
Mindfulness takes many shapes and goes by many names but anyone can do mindfulness practice. There are no barriers. It doesn’t matter how old you are, what your physical ability is, if you’re religious or not… You don’t need to buy anything. You can practice anywhere, there’s no need to go out and buy a special cushion or bench—all you need is to devote a little time and space to accessing your mindfulness skills every day.
Mindfulness is not obscure or exotic. It’s familiar to us because it’s what we already do, how we already are. We all already have the capacity to be present, and it doesn’t require us to change who we are. All we need to do is cultivate these innate qualities with simple practices that are scientifically demonstrated to benefit us in many ways.
Mindfulness is a natural quality that we all have. It’s available to us in every moment if we take the time to appreciate it. When we practice mindfulness we’re practicing the art of creating space for ourselves—space to think, space to breathe, space between ourselves and our reactions.
Practicing mindfulness is about controlling the way you think without becoming overly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s going on around you. Experiencing emotion is not counter to the effective practice of mindfulness in fact it is an important part of it. Learning to let those emotions go, however, is just as important!
Mindfulness is about returning your attention again and again to the present moment. Our minds constantly grasp and attach to thoughts. And mindfulness is the practice of returning, again and again, to your breath. Our breath anchors us to the present moment. Each moment that you return to your breath you release your mind from grasping to your thoughts, to your emotions and to your day dreaming.