What is Mindfulness?
Mindfulness and meditation have been hot topics recently. But what exactly is mindfulness? It is the act of maintaining complete awareness of our thoughts, emotions and experiences in the present moment. When you’re mindful, you’re observing your thoughts and feelings without judgment.
Mindfulness does not require any spiritual or religious commitment. It’s an innate ability we’re all born with. The expression “live in the moment” is a good way to sum up the concept of being mindful. Simply put, being mindful is being more conscious of life as it’s happening. You can develop your ability to be mindful by practicing meditation.
What are the Benefits?
There certainly would not be so much talk about it if there weren’t any real benefits. In fact, research has shown some exciting evidence of the positive effects of being mindful. Science is proving that it’s not only good for improving our moods, but it has physical benefits as well. Mindfulness meditation can help:
- Reduce stress
- Enhance performance
- Increase concentration
- Reduce pain
- Lower blood pressure
- Prevent cognitive loss associated with old age
- Reduce inflammation
- Ease depression
- Lessens anxiety
- Improves sleep quality
Mindfulness and Floating
Being mindful may seem evasive or exotic at first glance. Our minds tend to stray so easily. Thoughts veer into past problems or future concerns. But being mindful is an intrinsic human ability—we already know how to do it. It can be as simple as closing your eyes and focusing on each breath you take. But when that’s not enough to get the mind chatter to stop, floating can help.
Floating, also known as flotation therapy, is an excellent way to practice mindfulness meditation. When you float, you’re stepping into an atmosphere that is void of any outside stimuli. There are no lights, no sounds and no distractions. You will be immersed in 10” of highly concentrated salt water that is heated to your skin’s temperature. Not only will you float, you will truly be able to let go.
Floating helps you attain mindfulness by slowing down your brain waves. This allows you to reach the theta state that is associated with deep meditation. It often takes people years to find a way to achieve this state. But practicing this type of meditation can take just a few moments in a sensory deprivation tank.
Finding a way to practice mindfulness can have a profound effect on your life. It can improve your health, well-being and outlook on life. If you’re ready to start being more mindful in your daily life, visit H2Om Float in Jacksonville. We are Jacksonville’s premiere sensory deprivation float spa. Call us today to schedule your float at (904) 619-5201 or book now online.