To be mindful, is to be aware of something. Mindfulness is the quality of the mental state of awareness one reaches. There are various definitions of the term that dive deep in all that mindfulness encompasses, but Operation No Shame concentrates on the therapeutic technique of what it can bring to your life. After much research on the subject, we contrived a long and short definition of our own.
An evidence-based way of living that cultivates positive benefits for our health and happiness by being purposely present in the moment.
The lifestyle of living in the moment for the moment with no judgements.
Let’s break it down by key terms and phrases for further understanding.
- Evidence-based: Science has proven the technique works
- Way of living: more than a practice, but how we live every day
- Cultivates positive benefits: therapeutic
- Health and happiness: wellbeing
- Being purposely present: consciously directing our awareness
- In the moment: in present time (NOW!)
- Lifestyle: the habits and attitudes that establishes the mode of living of an individual
- Living in the moment: being deliberately aware of where we are, who we are with, and what we are doing right then and there (mind not wandering to the past or future)
- For the moment: embracing the sensations of living in the moment
- No judgements: observing the moment without judging the experience as good or bad; we can acknowledge if the experience is pleasant or unpleasant, but letting go of the judgments that accompany that acknowledgment
So what’s the difference between mindfulness and awareness? Purposefulness.
We need to be able to direct our awareness for purpose to achieve a mindful state. In order to be mindful, we need to let go of the past which no longer exists. That moment is over. You cannot physically live in the past. You can only experience the present moment because the future is just a fantasy.
Operation No Shame will be providing therapeutic techniques to help guide your mindfulness. Check back soon for these practices!
Holls Thomas is the founder of Operation No Shame. With a B.A. in Journalism and M.A. in Political Science from Eastern Illinois University, she is currently a nursing student at Duke University. She has a background in advocating and case management for domestic violence and sexual assault survivors. Her research focus at Duke is creative arts therapy.
Disclaimer: Operation No Shame’s goal is to be an online hub for self-help resources, education, awareness, and support. Individuals are encouraged to seek local mental health professionals for additional assistance. Operation No Shame in no way takes the place of a licensed art therapist, counselors of any sort, or medical providers. Although Operation No Shame may not be a mandated reporter, any abuse allegations will be reported appropriately to DCFS or Adult Protected Services. The National Suicide Hotline is 800-273-8255. There is no shame in reaching out for help. There is no shame in needing to talk about it.