Mindfulness is awareness of our physical body, thoughts, feelings, and surroundings. In today's time, everyone is so engrossed in the screen, T.V, and phone that they are not able to understand themselves and the people around them.
When people don't know themselves and what exactly are they feeling, they start battling with themselves inside their minds. It makes them frustrated, irritated, and worried. Mindfulness helps in tranquillity, happiness, and a calm mind.
Breath is a life-giving force to all of us. When we focus on our breath and body sensations it relives our mind and body automatically. Other ways to achieve mindfulness
1. Mindfulness starts with being curious to know things around us. We can adopt the thirty-second technique to bring back our attention to the present situation like what could be the origin of things around us. If we're eating food, we can ask ourselves questions that after how many struggles and through various sources this food reached our plate.
2. To achieve mindfulness we must immerse our five senses into the present moment. Listen to different sounds around you. We can observe different shades around them and the beauty of objects we are seeing. Feel the air around you and how is it reaching our different body parts and through how many tracts.
3. Mindfulness can be attained by practicing a non-judgment attitude. It’s when we stop judging people whether they are right or wrong. We are so habitual of thinking that everyone must behave and do things according to us, but it's not the reality. Every person is different like trees in the forest. Trees are thin, short, small, big, thick, we just admire as they are. It helps a lot even in active listening.
4. Mindfulness is more like a small child's behavior. When we observe children, they don't feel bad when we take things from them; they just get curious about other things around them. They don't like to do repetitive things, and somehow find new things to experiment with. They celebrate each and every achievement, each new step they take; they greet and attract everyone with a carefree smile and innocent nature.
5. Mindful about our thoughts. Thoughts keep on coming into our minds like turbulence in the water. When we stick to one thought it makes us incapable of concentrating on anything else. If we see negative thoughts with kindness, compassion, and without reaction; it passes like a leaf traveling on the river. We are able to accept ourselves, develop our self-esteem and self-love.
6. Mindful regarding our feelings. We become attached to pleasurable feelings and become aversive to painful feelings. We attach feelings to the people and behave accordingly with them. The key to becoming mindful is to observe ourselves and label our feelings. This way we'll not become sad next time if the same good experience doesn't happen with the same person or not ignore the person we hate. We will treat both types of people equally.
7. Expressing gratitude for everything we have in life instead of what is lacking strengthens our immunity, relieves our stress, and attracts bounties in our life.
Being curious and non-judgmental, focusing on our breath, non-attachment to pleasant feelings and non-aversive to painful feelings, letting our negative thoughts pass by like clouds in the sky, and expressing gratitude help us in being mindful. It relates us to our real selves and unconscious powers.
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