Be More Mindful in May
Mindful in May isn’t just a catchy title. If you put in the effort, this could be the month that you shift towards big, positive changes in your life. How? With mindfulness, of course.
Mindfulness is the state of being fully present in the moment, experiencing but not reacting to what you feel and what is happening. Amisha Jha, a neuroscientist known for her work surrounding the topic, puts it simply:
“Pay attention to your attention.”
Jha is fascinated by attention, working memory and how mindfulness can shape both, especially under stress. Through her years of research she has learned that practising mindfulness for 15 minutes a day, every day, for around 4 weeks has tangible benefits including:
Protecting our ability to pay attention during times of high stress.
Improving the quality of our attention over time.
A drop in reactivity along with an improvement in presence and compassion.
Mindfulness certainly sounds like an effective tool to have in your life. But remember, as Jha points out:
“Mindfulness is not just a concept. It's more like practice, you have to embody this mindful mode of being to have any benefits."