“The mind is like water. When it’s turbulent, it’s difficult to see. When it’s calm, everything becomes clear.” – Prasad Mahes
We all know this scenario: you are doing the chores or eating breakfast, reading a book or cooking some food, going grocery shopping or doing your make up – but you are not just doing your this one thing. You are also thinking about what you did yesterday and what might happen tomorrow, checking your phone and doing this one thing you need to get ready before tomorrow. You are doing everything. All at once.
This is not mindfulness. This is destroying your life and stealing yourself the possibility to live free and happy.
But.. what is mindfulness?
- focusing on the present moment
- experiencing life as it unfolds
- concentration on the one thing you are doing right now
- acknowledging our thoughts/feelings in a passive & non-judgmental way
- having a more friendly attitude towards ourselves and our lives
And.. why should you develop it?
- stress reduction
- boosts memory
- improved focus & concentration
- becoming emotionally stable and less reactive
- deeper self-insights
- enhanced intuition
- decreased anxiety and depression
- self acceptance and compassion with others
- helps to see and change bad habits
Wow.. How do you develop it?
- Mindfulness Meditation (with labeling)
- Decide at least one activity per day for which you set the intention of doing it mindful (eating breakfast, doing the chores, going for a walk, reading a book, etc.)
- Set the intention to practice one certain thing in a mindful way – always. (showering, grocery shopping)
- Tune in to your senses throughout the day, whatever you are doing: experience it fully through all of your senses. What are you feeling, hearing, smelling, seeing?
- Stop multitasking
Have fun trying those little habits out and get ready for the changes ahead!
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