How A Mindfulness Bell Allows For Better Mindfulness
Updated February 03, 2020
Medically Reviewed By: Rashonda Douthit , LCSW
One popular concept in recent history is the idea of mindfulness. You have probably heard of the concept but may not know exactly what it is. What is mindfulness? What can it do for you? How can you reap its benefits? What are some interesting exercises that a beginner can try if they want to be more mindful in your daily life? In this post, you shall find out as we dive deep into the world of mindfulness. We all also discuss the concept of a mindfulness bell, which can help you to make your sessions even better. Let's begin, shall we?
What Is Mindfulness?
There are a few different interpretations as to what mindfulness is. However, the basic definition is that mindfulness is the feeling of your senses being fully in the present. You pay extra attention to the world around you, and your bodily sensations as well. A mindful person may:
- Not worry much about the future and may not regret the past. To a mindful person, the past is a lesson to be learned, and the future is always unknown. Instead, what is going on in the now is what your full attention needs to be on.
- A mindful person is going to be more sensitive to their senses. In other words, a mindful person will be someone who feels every movement in their body. When they take a breath, they can feel the air filling their lungs with power, and then mightily exhaling out of them. A mindful person will smell the air around them and digest all the smells the world has to offer. In nature, a mindful person will notice every little leaf and hear every animal. The mindful person does not have superpowers, but instead, they will be someone who pays extra attention to the present.
Mindfulness stems from Buddhist practices. It can involve controlled breathing, meditation, and other Eastern concepts. However, mindfulness has been Westernized and is secular in many contexts. People can be of any faith and also be mindful.
The Benefits of Mindfulness
What is great about being mindful is that it reaps plenty of benefits. These benefits aren't anecdotal only. Science has studied them, and it's been proven that mindfulness can benefit you in many different ways. These ways include:
- Lowering your stress. When you are stressed, you are worried about the future or something you did in the past. While some stress can be a good thing, too much stress isn't going to help anyone. Instead, a mindful person can reduce their stress levels by being more mindful. By focusing fully on the present, you can rid the source of the stressor. If your stress is over something you can't control, you can learn how to let it go and be the better person in the long run.
- Mindfulness can reduce anxiety. Anxiety can be painful. It can keep you up at night, cause odd bodily sensations, and make it difficult for you to accomplish anything. Luckily, mindfulness helps by giving you full control over your body again. By being more mindful, you are better able to lower your anxiety and take control of your body. Mindfulness is not a magic cure, and it requires constant practice.
- Mindfulness can teach you how to be a more empathetic person. Many of us need more empathy. We need to learn when we should put ourselves in the perspective of someone else. With mindfulness, you are likely to be more empathetic by focusing on the present and others. You may realize that life isn't all about you, and we share everything the world has to offer.
- Mindfulness can help improve your overall mental health. Many of us want to work on our physical side. We want to be a good weight and make sure we are feeling great. However, many of us neglect our mental health.
- Mindfulness enhances your overall senses. You can focus on the nature around you, or you can learn how to smell, taste, and touch the world around you in a way that is much more detailed than it used to be.
The Mindfulness Bell
Now, let's talk about the Mindfulness Bell. In ancient practices, a bell would ring at random intervals. This bell signaled a time to be mindful. A time to see the world around you and to take some deep breaths. The bells may have a set time, or they could ring whenever.
In real life, we probably don't have someone who can just ring a bell whenever we need it. However, what we do have are apps. You can find various apps on your phone that will ring a beautiful bell that sounds like it's straight out of ancient Eastern times. When that happens, it's a time to be mindful.
As the bell rings, you can try out different mindfulness exercises. Mindfulness exercises can range from meditation and breathing to some fun games to enhance your senses. Here are a few mindful activities:
The Body Scan
This is one of the most popular mindful exercises. Different mindfulness teachers may teach this exercise in alternative ways, but the basic way to do a body scan is this.
- Lie down on a calming surface. Make sure there are no distractions.
- From your feet to your head, or vice versa, start feeling all the different parts of your body. You can start with your toes and feel every inch of them. Move up to your legs, your body, and then your head. If there are any worries or stresses you have, learn to let them go. Throw them aside for later.
- Return to your senses. Realize how good you feel afterward. This is the power of the body scan. It can keep your body in check by allowing you to feel for any signs of change.
This game is fun for kids or any age for that matter. Have someone put some textured objects in a box or another place where you can't see them. Without looking, feel the objects. Pay close attention to their texture. Feel every bump, every curve, and every bit of the object. Can you tell what the object is by its touch? If you pay close attention, you may be able to. As you feel the object, make seem guesses. You may realize what the object is before you even know it.
You can do a similar exercise with the other senses. You can put objects of different smells in a box and then attempt to smell them. Or you can go outside and try to look at every detail you can. You can listen to music and pick out all the instruments.
One of the classic ways to achieve mindfulness is by breathing. Take a deep breath through your nose. Let it slowly come out of your mouth. As you do so, feel the air. Get a good feel of the breath that is coming in and out of you, and let the breath be your own.
Anyone can achieve mindfulness. Children, older adults, and anyone in-between can reach a state of mindfulness and feel better about themselves. With all that said, achieving true mindfulness can be a bit of a challenge. It is a lifelong commitment, and if one wants to achieve it, they may have to go through a few trials if they want to be successful. Some mindfulness exercises work wonders for one person, but may not work well for you. It's up to you to find the best exercises for you.
One way that you can do this is by talking to a licensed counselor. Many therapists are trained in mindfulness. They realize its effects and how it can help you be the most successful person possible. Talk to a counselor today. By improving yourself, you can improve your mental health.