We humans, almost as a part of our default character, remain entangled by various overlapping layers of thoughts in our mind . And to cut the big thing short, it becomes the main reason of growing mental illness, name it in any way , depression, anxiety, stress, frustration, anger so on, and the result is an unhappy and dissatisfied life. Being aware of your present moment is a powerful technique to become peaceful and happy. A restless and instable mind dwells either in traumatic past or worrisome future, which absorbs you, upsets you and sometimes agitates you to the worst. Our minds run in auto-mode, like many other self-regulatory processes in our body.
Practice to be mindful in your daily activities. Mindfulness is an effective way to be present at a moment. It makes you available at a particular point of time, making you actively aware of the surrounding you are in. It is to be in focus at our daily chores and avoid being ‘mindless’.
Mindfulness is therefore conceptualized as the tendency to be highly aware of one’s internal and external experiences in the context of an accepting, non-judgmental openness and curiosity towards those experiences.
Earlier though , mindfulness was considered to be part of spirituality, but with growing time, especially in 90s , it has formed an indispensable therapy for psychological well-being. The treatments with mindfulness as the base includes Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction ( MBSR),Mindfulness-Based Cognitive therapy ( MBCT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT).
Literature says that there are two components of mindfulness. The first component is awareness, which is the continuous monitoring of experiences with focus on current experience, rather than past or future events. The second component of mindfulness is the way in which present-moment awareness is conducted : non-judgementally, with an attitude of acceptance, openness and even compassion towards one’s experience.( Herbert, 2008)
Mindfulness may be important in disengaging individuals from automatic thoughts, habits, and unhealthy behaviour patterns and thus could play a key role in fostering informed and self-endorsed behavioural regulation ( Brown, 2003)
Ways to practice mindfulness:
Start your day well
As Robin Sharma says, ‘The way you begin your day determines the way you live your day’. Make your morning effective, so that you form a healthy mind-set to carry throughout the day. Feeding the mind with healthy, pure and good thoughts in the morning is as important as a healthy breakfast. The habit of meditation in the morning is a good start for a day. A healthy mind with constructive thoughts will always be alive in the present. Practicing mindfulness right after you wake up, tunes and programmes your nervous system for rest of the day.
Monitor your thoughts
Always forms a habit to monitor your mind and the running thoughts within, after every few intervals. Pause, check and re-track your mind to the present. Administering your daily thinking pattern will help you to come in track. Instead of remaining pre-occupied with things which are beyond the control, witnessing and enjoying the present brings more dividends to overall well-being. As Mark Twain said, “I have known a great many troubles, but most of them never happened.”
Give attention and awareness to your routine activities, instead of going on auto-pilot for e.g practice being mindful eating, mindful waking, mindful communication, mindful waiting, mindful shower and so on.
It is another very powerful technique to renew our liveliness. The practice of gratitude makes us realise the importance of our present moment. It is to be thankful for what we have, every small things in our daily life, which we often take for granted in the race of life. Gratitude teaches us the essence of life, and that nothing is ‘too small’ in life. As Robert Brault said, ‘Enjoy the small things, for one day you will look back and realise that they were big things’
Happy Living !
This is my 8th post for alphabet ‘H’, for the ongoing #blogchatterA2Z Challenge, 2019.