Do you have an assignment and you just can’t finish it? Do you feel overwhelmed with all these emails, SMS and Whatsapp messages? Sometimes, we get stuck in one state and if we just keep pursuing the same activity with the same rhythm, then the orchestra isn’t playing. All you need is mindfulness. What does this mean?
Mindfulness is a human quality to be able to concentrate on the moment, digesting what’s happening and responding without over-reacting. Simply said, it’s a sound, mental order of necessary actions to complete a job. It’s the power to complete one thing and move to the other, and it helps us take wise decisions and reduce stress with increased happiness and performance.
Imagine yourself camping, and you start to see how to enjoy your trip. There’s the wood, putting up the tent, the water, and the kids. If you start with this trail, it will never end and little will be done. However, if you pause for a moment and tell yourself “OK. Let’s get the kids out of the car. They can play, while I put up the tent,” this will help you get things under control.
How to become mindful?
The key to mindfulness is meditation, which you can simply integrate into your life. It’s an easy practice that requires little time and effort but with great benefits. Meditation happens best at the heart of nature, where you can breathe in fresh air – better alone. Look around. Listen to the birds’ humming in the early morning. Examine and reconnect from within. In other words, pay attention to your surroundings and be aware of what’s happening even within your body. This will help you get calm with regular breath rhythms.
Still if you don’t have the time for meditation, you can inject some steps that will move you into the right direction to mindfulness. These are
1) Intention: purity of intentions is necessary to support all your attitudes and actions. It can move you from anxiety to love and peace. It shows how capable and resourceful you are.
2) Patience: a human quality that makes you cope with the happenings, and it gives you a wider perspective of the world. It’s the opposite of anxiety. Practicing this quality means you believe things will improve with time.
3) Nonjudgement: living the present without evaluation. When you are anxious, you will naturally develop an uncomfortable feeling with potential theories why it’s happening. If you skip this judgmental state and just focus on the moment, you will get a wider perspective of what’s happening.
Finally, mindfulness doesn’t require personality changes. It helps us bring the best out of us. It might be a natural habit that some already practice. So, just practice to live in harmony with your world.