There seems to be a school of thought that has narrowed down Mindfulness to the simple task of meditation. It’s a real misconception because Mindfulness is far more than just meditation. Whilst having a daily practice of meditation is beneficial it is only a tiny fraction of what it is to be mindful.
Mindfulness is a Way of Life
Like it or not Mindfulness is loosely based on Buddhist teachings and whilst you do not have to be a Buddhist to be mindful, to understand Mindfulness you should be aware of it’s origins.
Simply put Mindfulness is about being aware, that means being fully conscious about everything you think and do. So whilst it seems much of the Mindfulness teachings currently going on in the West are mostly focused on the mind, it is just as important to focus on the body.
To keep the body in good health is a duty, otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear – Buddha
Focus on Our Health & What We Eat Is Being Mindful
One area that I completely neglected over the years was my health and more importantly what I put into my body. I never used to think about what I was eating, the consequence of this on my body or on the environment.
I have spent the last year making amends in the hope that I can recover some of the damage I have done to my body and improve my general well being. So far I have:
- Stopped smoking – better late than never and I can feel the difference.
- Stopped eating processed foods – I never eat anything processed because our bodies were never designed to eat unnatural foods.
- I always choose organic – I think the extra cost is well worth it.
- I check labels before buying products, that includes cleaning products and even the clothes I buy. If we can add awareness to how we shop that will only benefit everyone.
I know that I still have a long way to go but I am working on it step by step. I am aiming to completely cut out meat and I’m almost there.
Detox for Health:
To help increase the pace of my health improvement I decided to do a 7 day detox. This is eating only raw food, vegetable juices and fruit smoothies. My biggest challenge has been to completely withdraw from caffeine, I love my coffee so this is proving to be close to impossible. The headache from the first day of coffee withdrawal was very difficult to ignore.
But what has completely surprised me is the difference these few days have made on my training. On the second day I was able to run double the distance. That just goes to show how important it is to be completely mindful of what we put into our bodies.
We need our bodies to be in prime condition if we are to live a healthy life, both physically and mentally.