What is your impression of mindfulness?
Do you think of a person sitting still? Or someone who feels calm and zen?
If you could bring mindfulness into each and every aspect of your daily life, each moment becomes a new and fulfilling experience. You feel all at the same time – colours, scents, relationships, mood and energy of each moment.
Mindfulness from the Dictionary: a mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations, used as a therapeutic technique.
Mindfulness basically means you are aware of the present moment:
- your thoughts
- your emotions
- your body
Extend it further, it means you are aware of what’s happening within you and outside you (the physical environment, the passing of time, the energy, the people, the world trends) and the interaction between you and the world around you.
Being mindful in your daily living could help you to:
- Be aware of what’s really going on, causes and consequences
- Being still and observant amidst the chaos
- Make better decisions
Mindfulness can be easily brought into your daily living. It’s a part of life.
Here are 3 simple ways you can bring mindfulness into your daily living:
Take a pause and feel. How are you thinking? How are you feeling? How are you coming to the decisions and judgements you make? How is your body?
Observe yourself in the simplest of activities. In brushing your teeth, cleaning up, eating, walking, talking and so on.
Observe what’s happening around you
Observe the people around you. The energy around you. And also begin to notice how you are affected by these.
Take a moment to see and feel the beauty of this world: how clear and blue the skies are, to appreciate that in this moment, you are alive and here in this world.
Take a moment too to acknowledge the downsides of this world: the never ending chase for money and achievements, the rushing around, the resignations and so on.
Just observe them for what it is.
Slow down and experience
For the things that you are doing, slow down and experience. Slow down and enjoy your meal. Slow down and feel the breeze. Slow down and if you’re in office, hear the rushing of people.
If you are getting emotional, experience the emotions without judging them. Let them pass. Take 1 to 2 minutes just to slow down and experience.
You may be surprised by what comes up!
Guided Meditation classes are run on a regular basis to help you to experience mindfulness with guidance: