How often has it happened to you, as in your daily life, to do certain things without realizing and paying attention to what you do?
you do not remember whether you closed the door or not
if you pass the red traffic light
- if you leave the cooking stove
All this happens because you live an accelerated life, in which your mind is set on autopilot to facilitate your existence, to allow you to do routine things while your thoughts deal with other things. You have become a multitasking maniac that you no longer consciously make your actions and no longer appreciate and experience absolutely nothing.
The problem is that if you use this ability frequently, you will lose your connection with reality and will keep your nervous system constantly alert, without pause, negatively affecting the state of your mental health. When stressed, your mind creates thoughts and concerns, so the autopilot acts.
WHAT IS MINDFULNESS?
Contrary to autopilot, it is full attention or full consciousness, also called Mindfulness, which interrupts its action, pauses and connects in the present with acceptance and interest in what is happening. Being mindful involves directing attention to your thoughts and senses, paying attention to the details of the experiences in the present moment without changing or judging them.
In short, Mindfulness is the art of observing your physical, emotional, and mental experiences with released attention and an open and curious mind.
HOW TO INTEGRATE MINDFULNESS?
You can use Mindfulness in your life anytime and anywhere through INFORMAL PRACTICE, paying full attention to different daily activities:
- when you walk;
- when you have a conversation with someone,
- when you are at the office;
- when you drive;
- when you eat;
- when you take a shower;
- when you wait in line for something;
- when you drink your coffee;
- when you spend time outside;
- when you clean up.
These are just a few examples, but in daily life, you can find many actions you can perform with Mindfulness by implementing the five senses: sight, hearing, smell, taste, and touch.
The second option is the FORMAL PRACTICE, which introduces meditation and yoga exercises.
Now that you know what Mindfulness means and how it can be used in your life let me summarize the benefits you will enjoy implementing this lifestyle, including improving your mental, emotional, and physical state.
- it helps in various specific actions such as depression, anxiety, pain, and chronic fatigue;
- increase the attention;
- it induces the gradual calm of the fluctuations of the mind;
- remove mental blockages;
- increases concentration, intuition, imagination, creativity, reflection, spontaneity;
- it offers strategies for solving problems;
- it changes the structure of the activity of the brain;
- it makes us more open and receptive to information;
- remove the emotional blockages;
- offers serenity, inner peace, cultivating happiness;
- discipline by giving control over life and reduce the dependence on others;
- creates a connection with ourselves through understanding our own experience, respect, and self-love;
- creates a healthy relationship with the surrounding people through empathy and emotional balance;
- it strengthens the immune system (decreases the secretion of cortisone);
- it generates a physiological change;
- it enhances vitality;
- it regulates blood pressure;
- improve sleep quality;
- it positively influences breathing, relaxes your body (decreases the adrenaline level) and mind;
If you want to improve your quality of life by learning to eliminate stress and anxiety and live in peace and well-being, implement Mindfulness in your daily life.
I challenge you today to take the first step by performing the exercise below:
Most of the time, you shower or bath in a hurry. Well, this time, I propose you do things differently, in Mindfulness, to truly experience all the sensations during the shower or bath, using as many of the five senses as possible.
Feel the water that touches your skin:
How is it? Hot, cold…..
How does it make you feel? Relaxed, slightly asleep, it gives you the feeling that you are floating…
How is your breath? Easy, heavy, calm, accelerated…
- enjoy the massage that the water pressure offers you:
What sensation does it give you?
- Hear the sound of the water:
How is it? Calming, irritating
- Smell the shower gel:
What flavor does it have?
- Look at the color of the foam bubbles:
What color tones do you see?
Which color is predominant?
This simple exercise will focus your attention, but at the same time, it will positively change your mood. I hope you will relax and have fun!
If you like the article, please share your Mindfulness experience with us in the comment below.
Till next time…
Have A Mindful Life!
Diana O. Debreczeni
Founder of Dare & Be.