What is mindfulness?
Mindfulness is a way of being. It is a way of connecting with your life. It is being aware of the present moment. Being in a closer relation to what’s going on right now. It doesn’t matter what you are paying attention to, but it should be enjoyable, not an effort. Mindfulness is a powerful silence, outside and in, that nourishes us and heals us. The more you concentrate or meditate on something, the more beauty it will have.
Think back to when you were a kid, if you can’t do that, think of a kid you know or have seen on television. Kids live their lives in the present moment, without judgment. They don’t worry about the future or the past; they live for what is going on right now.
Greater mindfulness = Greater happiness, love, wisdom, emotional balance,
peace of mind, and relationships.
To achieve greater mindfulness, one must first focus on immediate experiences. Rather than looking at the big picture, take every thing in your life one step at a time and don’t look back with regret. Also, increase recognition of current events. Be aware of what you are doing at this moment and pay close attention to it. Next, you must be able to adapt a certain attitude, orientation and perspective towards events. This includes being more open, accepting, and curious with what you are doing whether it is taking a walk or watching the sunset.
In our education system, we are trained to think. Which is great, but our awareness is equally as great and gets no attention. Unfortunately, negative thoughts usually spiral into what we believe are the truth. Our minds spends too much time planning the future and looking back to the past. This is usually done in a negative manner. The present gets pushes away and you are often missing out on what is going on right now. Mindfulness embraces our relation with the outer world and helps you control negative thoughts. We have this capacity for awareness so why not develop it? Wouldn’t you feel more comfortable living your life worry-free like a child?
Mindfulness is useful in the treatment of pain, stress, anxiety, depression, eating disorders, and addictions. Moreover, it improves the immune system and helps with fast recovery from a bad experience. So why not stop multitasking and start paying more attention to your life in the present moment. Whether it is spending more meaningful time your kids or enjoying every step of a walk. Try it now and I promise you wont regret it tomorrow!
Happiness is already present in our lives it simply needs to be recognized.
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