“Many people are alive but don’t touch the miracle of being alive.” – Thích Nhất Hạnh
Mindfulness can be a breath of fresh air in the polluted lives we are living these days. For our sparkling successes, we are paying heavy prices of the emptiness we feel inside.
We live with panics, anxieties, insecurities, tensions, and depression. All these terms have become practices of our modern urban lives.
We are creating a vicious trap around ourselves with no key to break free our souls.
The ancient art of mindfulness—a gift from Buddhism, can be the answer to all our quests to live a peaceful life.
What is Mindfulness?
Mindfulness is living the moment in hand with fulfilled awareness. It is turning off the autopilot mode of your mind and paying close attention to whatever is happening to you and in the environment around you.
It means staying present in the moment and acknowledging the reactions of your senses. Whatever you feel, see, hear, or smell at the moment.
Mindfulness suggests regarding the moment with no judgement—seeing the things as they simply are.
The mind has its own of wandering around, sometimes in the present other times to dive in the past. That can’t be a hurdle in the practice of mindfulness.
Let the mind wander, all you have to do is take the awareness gently back to the moment when you realize the fall of the mind. The practice is as effortless as the present moment.
Benefits of Mindfulness in Everyday Life?
Most of the benefits of the mindfulness are scientifically proven. This technique is helpful in coping from anxiety to raising focus and productivity. The practice of mindfulness develops the beautiful emotion of compassion in the heart, proved by Northeastern University College of Science. Thus adding value to your family lives, serving you quality relationships.
This simple practice has a great number of proven benefits for physical health as well, other than mental and spiritual benefits. Mindfulness has proven record of improved physical health. It helps with aches and pains, health diseases, and improves the sleep quality among many other advantages.
All the benefits of mindfulness can make our lives definitely a better place to live. It for sure enhances the quality of life with a proven track record.
You can breathe freely, smile often at the blossoming flowers, find joy in the mundane routine, value small things that matter a lot in your relationship, and the list can go on and on.
All you have to do is take small steps towards mindfulness every day, to make your mind adjust towards this new but beautiful territory of mindfulness.
Let’s take a look at this everyday mindfulness guide as our first step towards the mindfulness.
Mindful Mornings: A Fresh Start
Include mindfulness in your wake-up routine. While you drift apart from the sleep, spend some time lying on the bed. Observing how you feel while seeing the breathing cycle. You can keep a count to your breath in the starting.
Forget about the busy day to come. Do not hurry into the day. Reserve these moments for yourself without the judgement to cultivate the precious practice of mindfulness.
An Extra Mindful Word: Enter into the mornings basked in complete awareness.
Mindful Walking: Spend Time with Nature
In your case, it can be running or jogging or whatever exercise you love to practice outdoors. The idea is to stay conscious of your body movements, about the surrounding environment.
Take pleasure in the sensations you feel while your feet touch the ground when you walk. Observe the beauty of nature—the open sky, birds flying freely, fresh air, pleasant scents!
Allow these moments to hold back your awareness to the moment in hand. When it goes away, simply turn it back to the here.
Spending time nature is the most effortless way to be in present, according to my personal experience. As nature leaves you in awe, taking away all the pain of mundane life.
An Extra Mindful Word: Nature has its own way to connect with our authentic selves—it definitely is spellbinding.
Mindfulness Eating: One Step Ahead
Eating is one of the core activity in all days–routine or not. Have you ever considered, how much you find yourself present at this important action?
Most of us multitask while eating in our so-called busy lives or rather chose not to be fully aware while we eat.
Eating can be an important way for us to cultivate mindfulness, as we indulge in it multiple times a day.
Mindful eating involves being aware at the time when you intake your food or drink, about the taste, smell, emotions, texture, and sound. And, of course, the rule of non-judgement applies to mindful eating as well.
It might get difficult for the start as we lack in the simple art of just eating. Your impulses might hinder, but you should observe them as well, rather than acting upon them. Take your focus back to your food.
Mindful eating has its own benefits. According to The Center for Mindful Eating, mindful eating can bring us awareness of our own actions, thoughts, feelings and motivations, and insight into the roots of health and contentment.
An Extra Mindful Word: Mindful eating keeps control of binge eating and overeating, as you get the signal when your stomach is full, just with right awareness.
Mindfulness in the Midst of Busy Day
You must be thinking, how mindfulness can be used during the jam-packed schedule you have to go through all day long? Because mindfulness is all about slowing down and taking your time for the moment.
Well, there is no denying with the slow-down process of the moment. In fact, mindfulness will help you through busy schedules—with raised productivity and enhanced focus you earn with slowing down.
Just stop for mini breaks in between your daily tasks to focus on your breath, your feeling or observe the surrounding. This mini two-minute break of mindfulness can serve hugely with any task you perform afterwards with a better sense of self!
An Extra Mindful Word: Multiple mindfulness mini-breaks are advisable during your daily routine to save your sanity.
Mindful Sleep into Bliss
These days we have so much on our plates and it keeps our minds active—round the clock. The more active our minds are, the more we find it difficult to fall asleep.
Mindfulness makes our life pleasant yet again while awarding us with a peaceful night of sound sleep (just like a dream come true).
Yes, it can happen, when you practice this subtle art of mindfulness while you wait for sleep to come. Pay attention to your breathing, make it relax and slow. Let the sleep naturally come to you.
An Extra Mindful Word: Mindful Sleep will help your mind to cut the clutter of thoughts so that your consciousness can have its well-deserved rest.
Last Mindful Thoughts
Studies and positive testimonials have established the practice of mindfulness a simple yet powerful way to live a life we admire—a happy life. Then, why not claim it when we can, that too effortlessly, right in this present moment.
Be mindful, step into the peace you already hold in your heart.