Do you mostly wake up feeling tired, restless and irritable? Do you feel like you’re busy all the time but not making any progress in the areas of life that matter to you? Do you feel like your own emotions constantly hijack you? Do you find it hard to maintain a positive attitude over minor setbacks or difficulties?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, don’t worry – you are not alone. These are situations familiar to most of us. Adopting the ability to become mindful could really go a long way to combat feelings that lead us into these situations in the first place.
What is Mindfulness?
Mindfulness is the ability to fully engage in the present moment.
What Does Mindfulness Look Like in Your Everyday Life?
Mindfulness is the experience of being open to and aware of the moment; which comes from being in sync with yourself and your surroundings. This means being fully engaged in conversation with the person in front of you, rather than letting your mind wander or appreciating the ordinary rather than always craving extraordinary experiences.
The practice of meditation has become an accessible pathway to mindfulness. Practicing for as little as 15-minutes of focused breathing meditation can get you out of your head, remove the bias from your brain and help you think more clearly. When you meditate regularly, your problems seem to become smaller and your mind becomes fresh.
Here are a few reasons why you should consider giving mindfulness meditation a chance:
1. Mindfulness Allows You To Be More Grateful
At the heart of gratitude is the ability to be aware of what’s going on in the present moment. Think of five things that you are grateful for, and do this daily. Finding time to practice gratitude in small ways will enable you to let go of toxic emotions like envy and resentment.
As you practice meditation, you will notice the smaller blessings in your life in real-time like the cup of coffee you’re currently enjoying, the full tank of gas in your car while you’re driving on the highway or the company of a close friend. These small moments will begin to add up over time as you learn to be grateful.
2. Mindfulness Puts You In The Driver’s Seat
Thought control is vital for a meaningful and productive life. Without it, we would be left daydreaming for hours and end up in trouble. Mindfulness meditation teaches you to observe and control your thoughts.
The practice of meditation puts you in the driver’s seat and a state of equilibrium is created between you and your thoughts where you can channel and direct these thoughts as you see fit. The more you can control your mind, the faster you will be able to figure out your problems. Done over time, you will have much less stress in your life.
Often spiritual people meditate to tap into their superconscious. Intuition is said to be your subconscious mind guiding you to do the right thing. By meditating regularly, you can tap into your intuition and can take control of your mind. Controlling your mind has endless benefits, including stress management, among many others.
3. Mindfulness Decreases Stress and Improves Health
Stress is one of the greatest risk factors for poor health; in the long run, it can negatively affect your physical and emotional well-being. Research shows that mindful meditation can reduce stress, anxiety and depression, and therefore slow the progression of age-related cognitive disorders. It also improves sleep, lowers blood pressure and reduces chronic pain. By taking part in a mindfulness-based program, you will see a positive impact on relationships in your life and will enjoy higher levels of well-being.
4. Mindfulness Increases Your Attention and Focus
Meditation helps you to stay away from distractions, and also helps you to stay focused. By learning to let go of distracting thoughts, mindfulness can help you to fully concentrate on activities you participate in. You will be more productive in your work and more present in your play and you will learn ways to refocus your attention when you are naturally distracted.
The Gift of Meditation
Mindfulness meditation has been life-changing for many as it can completely change the way you view yourself and the world around you. Meditation helps to constantly meet your daily goals and therefore helps transform your life for the better. It all starts with mindful meditation though. Immerse yourself in the moment. Meditating for just 10 minutes a day can help you develop good habits and a happier and healthier life.