Challenge is constant. Struggle and burnout are optional.
Do you also feel sometimes like – 'God! This life is overwhelming.' 80% of the people have the same thought every day but most people wait for the next day and feel the same thing again. Over and over without realizing that life is slipping away.
Don’t stress. You don’t need an escape plan but rather you need an intrinsic method of cleansing your thoughts and living your life more. This simple method is called mindfulness.
Mindfulness is the practice of purposely focusing your attention on the present moment—and accepting it without judgment.
Mindfulness is now being examined scientifically and has been found to be a key element in stress reduction and overall happiness.
Mindfulness improves well-being. Increasing your capacity for mindfulness supports many attitudes that contribute to a satisfying life.
Being mindful makes it easier to savor the pleasures in life as they occur, helps you become fully engaged in activities, and creates a greater capacity to deal with adverse events.
Mindfulness improves physical health. If greater well-being isn’t enough of an incentive, scientists have discovered that mindfulness techniques help improve physical health in a number of ways. Mindfulness can: help relieve stress, treat heart disease, lower blood pressure, reduce chronic pain, improve sleep, and alleviate gastrointestinal difficulties.
Mindfulness improves mental health. In recent years, psychotherapists have turned to mindfulness meditation as an important element in the treatment of a number of problems, including depression, substance abuse, eating disorders, couples’ conflicts, anxiety disorders, and obsessive-compulsive disorder.
Below are the 5 techniques you can apply in daily life to practice mindfulness –
- 1. Sit quietly and focus on your natural breathing or on a word or “mantra” that you repeat silently. This is the basic mindfulness meditation.
- 2. Notice subtle body sensations such as an itch or tingling without judgment and let them pass.
- 3. Notice sights, sounds, smells, tastes, and touches. Name them “sight,” “sound,” “smell,” “taste,” or “touch” without judgment and let them go.
- 4. Allow emotions to be present without judgment. Practice a steady and relaxed naming of emotions: “joy,” “anger,” “frustration.” Accept the presence of the emotions without judgment and let them go.
- 5. Cope with cravings (for addictive substances or behaviors) and allow them to pass. Notice how your body feels as the craving enters. Replace the wish for the craving to go away with the certain knowledge that it will subside.
Within a few days only, you won’t be able to recognize yourself. The change is inevitable and growth becomes massive.
It’s up to you now. Would you like to continue with the reckless life you are already passing, or become a mindful human being?