Mindful Practices Can Make Your Days Much Better
As days go by, we find ourselves becoming busier and fully occupied with work. Most of the time, we multi-task our way through life without even noticing how multi-tasking takes away our ability to be fully aware of the present moment. It is important to be mindful so that you can be fully present in the present moment without passing any judgments. This is because mindfulness is scientifically known to make people much happier with their lives. Here are a few benefits of being mindful:
1. Mindfulness Enhances Your Overall Wellbeing
Practicing mindfulness increases a person’s overall satisfaction towards life, thereby improving their wellbeing. This is because the act encourages people to remain in the present moment and savor it completely without worrying excessively about the past or the present. Through this, they focus more on the activities that are happening around them in the present moment and build deeper connections with people.
2. Mindfulness Enhances Physical Health
Scientists have discovered that being mindful has a great positive impact on physical health. The act can help in doing the following:
- Alleviating gastrointestinal difficulties
- Relieving stress
- Improving sleep
- Lowering blood pressure
- Reducing chronic pain
- Treating heart disease
3. Mindfulness Enhances Mental Health
Many psychotherapists have, in recent years, started looking towards mindfulness meditation to help counter a lot of problems such as:
- anxiety disorders
- couple conflicts
- eating disorders
- obsessive-compulsive disorder
- substance abuse
Some of the experts think that mindfulness partially works to help people in accepting any experiences that they have had, whether painful or otherwise, as opposed to making them avoid or forget them completely.
If you wish to become more mindful, then you can start by taking part in mindful meditation. The practice helps focusing your attention towards the ‘now’, and eliminating any distracting or negative thoughts that you might be experiencing. Mindful meditation can be done on your own or with the help of an instructor. However, if you are just starting out, then having an instructor always helps.
The moment you start paying attention to the present, you become more aware of your surroundings and work to make your present as fun as possible. After all, we only have our present, and if we are constant focused on the past or the future, then we ruin our present moment as well.
A Selection of Mindfulness Quotes
“Walk as if you are kissing the Earth with your feet.” ~ Thích Nhất Hạnh
“Feelings come and go like clouds in a windy sky. Conscious breathing is my anchor.” ~ Thích Nhất Hạnh
“The most fundamental aggression to ourselves, the most fundamental harm we can do to ourselves, is to remain ignorant by not having the courage and the respect to look at ourselves honestly and gently.” ~ Pema Chödrön
“If you want to conquer the anxiety of life, live in the moment, live in the breath.” ~ Amit Ray
“The present moment is filled with joy and happiness. If you are attentive, you will see it.” ~ Thích Nhất Hạnh
“If someone comes along and shoots an arrow into your heart, it’s fruitless to stand there and yell at the person. It would be much better to turn your attention to the fact that there’s an arrow in your heart…” ~ Pema Chödrön
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