Hello, my dear Euphoric Gratitude Readers!
For this particular blog post, I would like to bring us back to the importance of mindfulness.
When most people think of mindfulness and meditation, they think of a Buddhist monk sitting in silence, alone in a cave somewhere. In theory, the Enlightenment seems excellent, but it may seem like an unachievable goal to meet in light of the demands of modern life. Fortunately, you do not have to make radical changes to your lifestyle to get the benefits of mindfulness.
So, what is mindfulness and how can this help me?
More simply, mindfulness is a consciousness without judgment. It sounds simple on the surface, but what does it really mean?
- In practice, this means putting your attention on something and adopting an attitude of acceptance towards everything that presents itself.
- The practice of mindfulness generally involves observing and accepting thoughts, feelings or emotions as they arise.
- Ultimately, it allows us to develop an ability to observe our thoughts, emotions or feelings rather than react to them.
Very often, the cause of distress lies in our response to a situation rather than the situation or the emotion itself. Very often, we resist and fight against ourselves and the situations in which we find ourselves. We get angry with ourselves for feeling anxious. We are ashamed of our depression. We are frustrated by our sadness. And we want the situation to change and our bad feelings to go away. Mindfulness can help us learn to reduce our struggle with our situation and our emotions and find the mute button for our incessant internal chatter.
By learning to practice non-judgmental acceptance, we can reduce our stress levels and learn to better appreciate our lives. Many people find that the regular practice of mindfulness releases energy reserves that they used in worry and rumination … and helps them reconnect with themselves. This does not mean that we would not prefer things to be different, or that we should not take steps to create changes in our lives for the future, but that at this moment we can accept things such as they are.
Practice daily mindfulness
Everyday attention is, as the name suggests, the day-to-day awareness. Choose a daily activity like brushing your teeth, eating a meal, even folding clothes. Slow down and focus on all aspects of this activity.
If brushing your teeth: note the weight of the brush in your hand, the smell of the toothpaste when you press it on the brush. Note the sensation of the brush against your teeth, and the taste of the toothpaste in your mouth. Slowly, move the brush over your teeth and notice how it feels.
At some point, you may also notice that your mind is commenting (“Why am I doing this?”) Or just walk around (“I have to remember to look for milk on my way to House”). As you have probably guessed, the purpose of mindfulness exercise is not to perfect the process of cleaning teeth, but to train your mind to observe rather than judge, comment or be distracted. So, every time you notice that your mind is wandering, just recognize it by gently saying “think, think” and bring back your attention to what you are doing.
The daily practice of mindfulness only needs a few minutes each day. Regular practice helps to refine your ability to pay attention to the experiences of your life and to be present without judgment. It also helps you become skilled at giving up unnecessary thoughts that usually occur when you are stressed (thoughts that prevent you from sleeping) or depressed (thoughts that prevent you from motivating yourself).
Practice daily mindfulness and notice yourself less engaged in the inner turmoil that accompanies difficult emotions, and experiences greater joy and well-being.
I hope you find this post helpful! If you have any questions or thoughts in response to this post, comment below or send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sending you love and light!