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What is Mindfulness?

I can imagine that the first time you hear about moneyfulness and that there’s a direct link to mindfulness, you want to know more about mindfulness as well. For an objective point of view I took the liberty of copying the Wikipedia text, which you will find below. It’s rather a technical explanation.

I will explain it in my own words. Basically mindfulness brings you peace of mind by paying attention to being on purpose in the present without judging. Paying attention to being on purpose is all about people living on autopilot. If you live your life on autopilot you don’t pay attention, and what your doing has hardly any purpose. 

“Some people die at 25 and aren’t buried until 75” Benjamin Franklin

Let’s bring a little more variety in the definition. Mindfulness also means returning to the present moment. It’s impossible to stay in the present moment. The nature of our mind needs to process and compute in each moment. You can’t change the past, but you can shape your future. The power of mindfulness is that you can always return to the present moment if your mind wonders off to the past or the future, especially if it causes stress. Accept the point in life where you are now, without judging your thoughts about it. You assume and expect things will stay the same. Mindfulness challenges you to awaken and appreciate the little things in life. In addition to the already mentioned I would like to add one sentence which I like a lot as a definition of mindfulness: Mindfulness is the self-regulation of attention with an attitude of curiosity, openness and acceptance.

Wikipedia


Mindfulness is the psychological process of bringing one's attention to experiences occurring in the present moment which one can develop through the practice of meditation and through other training Mindfulness is derived from sati, a significant element of Buddhist traditions and based on Zen, Vipassanā, and Tibetan meditation techniques. Individuals who have contributed to the popularity of mindfulness in the modern Western context include Thích Nhất Hạnh, Herbert Benson, Jon Kabat-Zinn, and Richard J. Davidson


Clinical psychology and psychiatry since the 1970s have developed a number of therapeutic applications based on mindfulness for helping people experiencing a variety of psychological conditions Mindfulness practice has been employed to reduce symptoms of depression to reduce stress anxiety and in the treatment of drug addiction Programs based on Kabat-Zinn's and similar models have been adopted in schools, prisons, hospitals, veterans' centers, and other environments, and mindfulness programs have been applied for additional outcomes such as for healthy aging, weight management, athletic performance, helping children with special needs, and as an intervention during the perinatal period.


Clinical studies have documented both physical- and mental-health benefits of mindfulness in different patient categories as well as in healthy adults and children. Research studies have consistently shown a positive relationship between trait mindfulness and psychological health The practice of mindfulness appears to provide therapeutic benefits to people with psychiatric disorders including to those with psychosis Studies also indicate that rumination and worry contribute to the onset of a variety of mental disorders and that mindfulness-based interventions significantly reduce both rumination and worry Further, the practice of mindfulness may be a preventive strategy to halt the development of mental-health problems

The necessity for more high-quality research in this field has also been identified – such as the need for more randomized controlled studies, for providing more methodological details in reported studies and for the use of larger sample sizes

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mindfulness

Mindfulness and Moneyfulness go hand in hand

The seven aiding factors of mindfulness have been translated into Moneyfulness. By making direct connections between both methods, they go hand in hand. Back to the top three stress causes: relationships, work and money. Within mindfulness, there is great focus on matters such as anxieties, depressions, burn-out, et cetera. The stress caused by money is hardly addressed in mindfulness. This really surprised me during my research of the backgrounds of mindfulness.


The worrying and stress area of money is not touched by mindfulness. Financial worries are in the top three of all studies on stress. It could be that a top ten was studied, that contains two money-related topics, due to the highest just falls short of the top three. But add-up all money-related topics, and it is solidly in the top three.


Since mindfulness and Moneyfulness are directly linked, they supplement each other. Moneyfulness enriches mindfulness. Because money doesn’t exist in mindfulness, Moneyfulness was established and developed in addition. The two go hand in hand.

The seven aiding factors of mindfulness

1. Not judging; Don’t judge others. Try to observe without judgment. It helps you “see” what goes on inside your head. Be aware of your own prejudice. The trick is to refrain from acting on your prejudice. What happens in your head, stays in your head.

2. Non striving; There is no other goal than to be yourself, in any form

3. Acceptance; The willingness to see things as they are. By accepting every moment completely as it is, you will be able to experience life as more complete.

4. Letting go; You have thoughts, ideas, wishes, opinions, hope, experiences, et cetera. These can be pleasant or unpleasant. Stop resisting and stop struggling to achieve it and let things be as they are.

5. Beginner’s mind; Beginner’s mind: Let go of all your past and start fresh. Be open to all new things and allow yourself to be surprised.

6. Patience; Things happen when the time is right. Don’t be frustrated because something doesn’t work the way you want it to. Be patient. In time, all pieces will fall into place.

7. Trust; Trust yourself and your feelings. Be confident that things will present themselves when the time is right. Rely on yourself and trust yourself.

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