What Can A Mindfulness Symbol Tell Us?

Updated January 12, 2023by BetterHelp Editorial Team

Mindfulness has grown in popularity, and hundreds of studies have proven its effectiveness, especially in reducing in reducing symptoms of anxiety, depression, stress. Mindfulness has also been shown to help people with addiction and pain management. One way to remember to practice mindfulness is to refer to the mindfulness symbol.

Mindfulness Can Benefit Your Mental Health And Give You More Peace

What Is Mindfulness?

Mindfulness teaches you to place focus on is happening in the moment – not the future, and not the past – without judgement. It is the act of cultivating full awareness of the present and what is going on inside of you at this very moment. When you practice mindfulness, you realize that the past can't change and that the future is uncertain. You only need to rely on the present. A mindful person focuses their senses on where they are and what they're experiencing right now.

Mindfulness stems from ancient Eastern practices, particularly Buddhism. There are many Buddhist themes in modern-day mindfulness, such as meditation, breathing exercises, and being one with the world. However, you don’t have to adhere to the Buddhist faith to be mindful and realize just how powerful mindfulness can be.

The Benefits Of Mindfulness

Practicing mindfulness has several proven benefits. Specifically, mindfulness can improve mental health and mental well-being on many fronts. One study even showed that the brains of people who meditated for just eight weeks showed development in brain regions associated with learning, memory, emotion regulation, perspective-taking, and self-referential processing.

  • Mindfulness lowers your stress. Focusing solely on the stresses of the present can help you release worries about the past or future. You will have more mental space for the present, helping you handle stress more effectively.

  • Mindfulness allows you to be more empathetic. While practicing mindfulness, you become more observant of the people around you. You see what they're doing, and you learn how to see their points of view. This can make you more likely to help people in need or, at the very least, experience compassion.

  • Mindfulness improves your senses. Our senses can be such a gift. Sight can help us paint a beautiful picture, and it's such a joy to hear the voice of a loved one. Even the things you touch are beautiful. With mindfulness, you can find greater enjoyment in texture, softness, and everything in-between. Mindfulness helps you experience more of the world around you through your senses.

  • Mindfulness can improve your overall mental well-being. It's important to address mental health at any age, but it's particularly important as you get older. Practicing mindfulness can help keep your brain sharp as you age.

The Mindfulness Symbol

The mindfulness symbol is a beautifully simple, yet profound illustration of the concept of mindfulness. It was created by a Lithuanian graphic artist named Cibulskisa, and is widely used and accepted worldwide by psychologists, spiritual leaders, and others. 

The mindfulness symbol uses a water droplet and its mirrored reflection. In a vertical line, there are two droplets on top, with the reverse of those droplets mirrored on the bottom, and one circular droplet in the center between the two sets. These droplets represent time. 

Time is often represented by horizontal lines moving from left to right or past to future. This vertical form indicates that time has stopped, representing the here and now. The two droplets on top symbolize the future – as the water is dropping down. The mirrored droplets on bottom represent the past. The center droplet is the present, which represents the focus of mindfulness. The three together represent the concept of “as above, so below” – meaning every action has an effect. 

The symbol also has a horizontal aspect – two rings, equal in size, which look like a ripple on the water. These represent space. Again, the middle droplet is centered horizontally as well, and represents the being the center of both space and time.  

Benefits Of The Mindfulness Symbol

The symbol works as a reminder. When you see it, you remember to be more mindful of your surroundings. The symbol itself is the perfect example of what the present moment looks like. 

There are many ways you can use a mindfulness symbol and enjoy its benefits. Luckily, the mindfulness symbol is open source, so there are no copyright restrictions on it. 

Here are a few ideas for incorporating it into your life:

  • This symbol would be a wonderful tattoo. Should you choose to tattoo it on your skin, either temporarily or permanently, it could become an excellent reminder to be mindful whenever you see it.

  • You can set the symbol as the background of your phone or your computer. We look at these devices frequently, and this addition will turn them into reminders to be mindful instead of potential distractions.

  • You can print the symbol out and spread it around town. Mindfulness can benefit everyone, and this is a beautiful way to share it, especially if you include a short explanation of mindfulness.

There are many other ways you can incorporate this powerful symbol into your life to support your mindfulness practice.

Mindfulness Exercises

The mindfulness symbol is used to help people remember to be mindful. Part of that may include reminding us to practice exercises that help promote mindfulness. Here are a few examples anyone can do at home or possibly even at work. 

  1. The Body Scan. You can use this tool to become more aware of how you're feeling and what's happening in your body. It is common to begin this practice by reclining on your back on the floor. Begin examining yourself from your toes to your head. Imagine energy flowing through you, rising from your feet to your head. The energy moves slowly, taking hold of your being. As you move your attention over each part of your body from the ground up, notice how that part feels. Give it a little extra attention. See if anything surprises you. If you feel discomfort or pain, it often helps to breathe into that body part and accept the feelings instead of resisting them.

  2. Sensory exercises.  Ask a friend to put a few objects in a box, and make sure you don't know what they are. Then, feel the objects without looking at them. Notice their shape and texture. What could they be? Try to guess and ask your friend if you're right. This exercise works great with other senses, too. You can ask a friend to put items that have scents in various boxes. Use your nose to enjoy the smells and again try to guess what they are. Alternatively, you can listen to music and try to get a feel for every note and instrument in the song. Or you might want to savor your next meal. The possibilities are endless, so you can enjoy being creative at the moment.

  3. Journaling. Mindfulness is all about getting in touch with your innermost self. Journaling is a great way to cultivate self-awareness. It can help you gain a deeper understanding of the way you feel and how to process your emotions. All you need is a pen and paper.

  4. Yoga. It can be easier to practice mindfulness or meditation when your body is calm. Try doing a few yoga poses before meditating to make your session more productive.

Be gentle with yourself. Learning how to practice mindfulness isn't always easy, but you can do it. Set aside time each day for self-care to ensure you have plenty of energy to practice.

How BetterHelp Can Help

There are many ways you can become more mindful. It's a rewarding task, but it requires some work. You might enjoy this work on your own, or you might need additional support. If you’re not sure how to cultivate this useful skill, then consider talking to a counselor. 

Many counselors have realized the importance of mindfulness and have incorporated it into their work with clients. Mindfulness in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) can be effectively received through online sessions. In a randomized trial with close to 500 participants, researchers reported that patients who received an online program of mindfulness-based CBT had fewer depressive and anxious symptoms than those without this care. 

Turning to an online therapist for mindfulness help can be a great way to take multiple steps forward at once for your mental health. You’ll be able to focus on mindfulness as you feel comfortable in your own space. Allowing yourself the dedicated time of your therapy appointment to continue on your mindfulness journey can help push you forward in your other mental-health goals as well. Online therapists are trained professionals who can help you today at a lower cost than traditional counseling sessions.

If you're looking for someone who can help you, know that BetterHelp offers a convenient online platform where you can find a licensed counselor. Read below for some reviews of BetterHelp counselors from people with similar interests.

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"Steve has been integral in introducing me to grounding techniques, encouraging me to seek out mindfulness, and is always supportive in my strides to foster a healthier lifestyle."

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"Galina was warm, friendly, and a great listener. I valued all her knowledge about areas that interest me: mindfulness, the negative bias, anxiety calming methods, etc."

Takeaway

The practice of mindfulness has become a proven method for improving many mental health issues. Learning and remembering to practice mindfulness takes time and support. The mindfulness symbol is a great way to remind yourself of the need to live in the present. BetterHelp’s professional counselors can help teach you proven mindfulness methods to help improve your mental health and overall well-being. 

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