“As soon as we wish to be happier, we are no longer happy.”
What is mindfulness? According to Merriam-Webster Dictionary, it is “the practice of maintaining a nonjudgmental state of heightened or complete awareness of one’s thoughts, emotions, or experiences on a moment-to-moment basis.”
Being mindful is important because it can reduce our stress levels and lead to a happier life! When you are in control and aware of your thoughts and emotions, you will be able to handle situations better. This means that you will not become as overwhelmed or overly reactive to what is happening around you. When you live in the present moment and appreciate your current surroundings and emotions, it will lead to an even fuller life.
So how can you be mindful? With practice, of course! Mindfulness is a natural process, so everyone is capable of doing it. All you need is about 10-15 minutes a day to retrain your body! As we get older, the stress and anxiety of life makes mindfulness more difficult. You must learn to overcome it!
Here’s how you can practice being mindful:
Put on some meditation music, get comfortable, close your eyes, and allow your mind to focus. Feel your breath and bring attention to the physical ways your body reacts to breathing. Next, notice what your legs and arms are doing. Make sure they are relaxed and in a natural state. Eventually, your mind will start to wander, and that’s okay! Just simply bring your attention back to your body and your state of being. After a few minutes, open your eyes. Take a moment to notice your surroundings and pay special attention to how your body feels in the present moment and make sure you notice your thoughts and emotions.
Make Time to Be Mindful
Take a few moments out of your day to be aware of your mindfulness. This is different from meditation because you can do it anywhere and you are not aiming to calm the mind. For 15 minutes out of your day, step away from what you are doing to really notice what is going on around you. Observe the present moment. Do not quiet your thoughts, simply be aware of your surroundings and really pay attention without passing judgment. Your mind will start to wander away from the present moment but just slowly bring it back. We often get carried away with endless thoughts, this practice will help you learn to return your mind to the “now.”
And that’s it! Mindfulness is a simple practice that just requires daily attention in order for it to become a habit. Start today and then watch your mind become healthier and yourself become happier!