Mindfulness is the skill of living in the moment. We’re all guilty of going through life on autopilot, not really noticing the world around us. When we spend too much time focusing on our internal thoughts, it can lead to unhappiness. By living in the present, we become aware that most of our stress and anxiety is unnecessary, leaving us free to focus on other things and improve our lives. This is just a tiny glimpse into how mindfulness can change your life.
How mindfulness can change your life
Rarely do we notice the ebb and flow of our own breathing. But taking the time to breathe mindfully brings you into the present moment and gives you the means to develop a total calmness within.
To breathe mindfully, sit comfortably and think about the sensations you’re experiencing. Feel your breath coming into your body, filling up your lungs and leaving your body. Try to focus your mind on your breathing, but don’t be critical when it wanders off. Simply bring your focus back to your breath.
For more tips on how to master mindful breathing, read Mindful Breathing: Simple, Powerful Practices to Heal Anxiety, Stress and More.
Eating is one of the biggest pleasures in life, yet we so often take it for granted. Eating mindfully helps you become aware of the need to nourish your body and develop a fresh appreciation for your food and where it came from.
To eat mindfully, start by focusing solely on your food. Don’t work, browse the internet or watch TV when you’re eating. Just let it be you, your food and the present moment. Take your time and notice the appearance of your food, the smell of it, the textures, the flavors. Use as many senses as possible when eating to truly appreciate the experience.
Mindful Eating: A Guide to Rediscovering a Healthy and Joyful Relationship with Food is filled with amazing evidence of how mindfulness can change your life when it comes to food.
Establishing mindful habits, like breathing and eating, leads to having a mindful attitude. This is an incredible characteristic which allows you to balance awareness and serenity, resulting in genuine long-term happiness.
We’re conditioned into making unnecessary judgements everyday. But when you cultivate a mindful attitude, you learn it’s not necessary to judge everything. Then when there is a real need for a judgement, your mind is clear and your judgement is wise.
A mindful attitude also helps you become much more patient with people and situations. When you take the time to be mindful in everyday life, you learn the importance of patience and can truly benefit from it.
While setting goals is great, constantly desiring things results in an almost permanent state of dissatisfaction and wishing for the future. With mindfulness, there’s nothing to expect and nothing to achieve. There’s no reward at the finishing line because there isn’t a finishing line – the reward is the journey you embark on every time you practise mindfulness.
The To-Be List contains 70 incredible reminders that life is about being, not doing and will help you achieve a mindful attitude.
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