How To Practice Mindfulness Every Day
How To Practice Mindfulness Every Day: Mindfulness has became so popular now days because of all the stress and neuroses that we are forced to deal with in our social, work and family environment and this is compounded with the high speed tempo of the information age, so it has become almost commonplace to take the time and chill out, relax or fill the day with mindfulness activates. Even modern Therapy has used a form of Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) to effectively treat depression.
Mindfulness is regarded by practitioners of all Buddhist traditions as essential not only for the development of insight, but also for the cultivation and maintenance of ethical discipline. Indeed—and this is no news to Buddhist scholars or practitioners, though it is sometimes surprising to non-Buddhist. And that is in part why Mindfulness has become so popular, so that instead of needing to chill out at set times every day we can practice mindfulness throughout our day and if done correctly we can stay relaxed and de-stress while still being productive at work.
Mindfulness’, first spelled as ‘myndfullnesse’ as referring to ‘the state or quality of being mindful; attention, memory; intention, purpose’. More recently, ‘mindfulness’ has been employed as a translation for the Pali word, sati—a term common to a number of early Buddhist and Jain texts. Mindfulness today means that we are living every day like it is the last – with full heart, fresh mind, pure energy and mindful body and brain, feeling awake for every moment.
Some of the ways in which you can practice mindfulness.
- If you want to be mindful, you can achieve this at any time, your awareness is always with you, you just need the detach from the emotion of the moment and become aware or mindful of your actions
- Morning practice – try a mindfulness exercise when you wake up, before starting your day, take a few moments to focus on deep breathing, try to inhale all the smells and sounds and fill your lungs with fresh air and the awareness of your environment. Breathe in the smells and sounds just like it was air.
- If you take a moment to contemplate, you will discover that there are moments in your life that you are grateful for, try mentally listing some of these those, then take a moment to enjoy the memory of these times, moments or things. By remembering that there are things that you should be grateful for puts the mind in a positive frame.
- Proper breathing is as important for your health as it is for a positive state of mind – deep and smooth breathe, with a steady inhale and exhale will keep your day in prospective and flowing in the right direction, with awareness of the breath you will learn to feel your actions as living moments.
- When you find yourself in situations an anxious or stress situation, then should start the mindful process. Breath and focus on what you are grateful for, or force of the end goal, the final victory and you draw that positive force into the now moment, feeling immediate calmness and less stressed.
- Mindfulness is also about letting go and taking time for yourself each day, and letting your mind and thought just flow, without observing and interrupting them.
- Mindful listening – when in a conversation it is a perfect time to start practicing your mindfulness; try not to just listen to conversation, but to put some effort in understanding the other person perspective, pay attention on how they seem to be feeling and empathize with their feelings and needs. This stepping outside of yourself frees the mind of its own burden of self-importance.
- One thing at a time makes a mindful mind – multitasking was once thought to make us more productive and but that is now proven not to be true; when we are trying to do more than one thing at a time we are pushing our body, brain, mind and thoughts, and we are starting to feel stressed and anxious; so if we want a mindful day, we must change this habit; doing one thing at a time helps us make less mistakes, finishes things faster and with more efficiency. Our concentration is fully present on that single thing or activity.
- Mediation is also a great part of feeling mindful – try practicing meditation and yoga for more mindfulness in your life and less stress.
- Remember mindfulness means that everything you do must be done with pleasure and enjoyment – a perfect mindfulness practice.
- And remember – Mindfulness is a subtle process that you are using at this very moment, it is not going to make perfect sense and it will always remain beyond verbal logic.
Mindfulness is not a luxury. Everyone can afford it, if they are persistent enough, and if one really wants to feel good. With everyday practice, mindfulness will help you to reach your best potential. Your mind and body will be more efficient and less distracted. If you keep practicing mindfulness every day you will be able to turn your negative thoughts positive, and you will find the calm and bliss you deserve.
Also the ability to direct one’s attention in a mindful way can be developed through the practice of meditation, which is defined as the intentional self-regulation of attention from moment to moment. (Goleman & Schwartz, 1976;Kabat-Zinn, 1982). The current mindfulness literature describes numerous meditation exercises designed to develop mindfulness skills. See also Seven Meditations
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