Mindfulness@everyday

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In today’s complex environment where everyone is seeking a way to balance their life , the most discussed topic is around Mindfulness & it’s positive effect on individuals.

 

Research carried out by Harvard & UCLA has indicated that Meditation helps control the wandering mind worrying about past & future. Mindfulness helps you train your monkey brain to snap out of it.

 

Scientists have used MRI scans to see that the brain changes when people practice mindfulness. By focusing on the mind, you can manage stress & control emotions.

 

Mindfulness is no longer considered a hyped word but a necessity to keep our brains healthy, to support self-regulation and effective decision-making capabilities, and to protect ourselves from stress. Today everyone from athletes, sports coaches to corporate houses are embracing Mindfulness to develop a more effective and positive culture.

 

A daily Mindfulness ritual helps you focus on your internal emotions, slow down and be present so that you start noticing the happiness that is present around you. In order to bring a positive change to your life, you need to first change your mind.

 

Meditate Anywhere & Anytime.

 

To practice mindfulness, you are not required to look for an ideal place which gives you a peaceful ambience. You can be mindful anywhere & anytime. It can happen sitting in your workstation or while waiting at a traffic signal. It’s about aligning your mind to the present & being aware of the moment.

 

Initiating Mindfulness in your daily routine.

 

Begin with becoming aware of our breath, sounds and thoughts. Initially, try focusing your mind only for 10 seconds. Trust me, it might not be possible initially but you will gradually succeed once you imbibe the practice as a daily ritual. Pushing yourself to a 30 minutes meditation session initially will only make you spin a web of thoughts.

 

Mindfulness pioneer Jon Kabat-Zinn suggests a few simple mindfulness exercises that you can try.

 

  • Focus only on your breathing pattern. Sense the flow of the breath through in your nose the rise and fall of your belly, feel the air that fills in your body and breathe out. Each breathing cycle should take 6 seconds to complete.
  • Ignore the things that populate your mind, the pending tasks, past events. If your mind wanders away, bring it back and focus on your breathing.
  •  Try and focus on an object, a book, a furniture, a flower. Don’t let other thoughts crowd you. Relax yourself and concentrate on the object as long as you can. This will connect you being in the present.
  • Close your eyes & use your headphones. Listen to a piece of music or a relaxing sound that you have never heard before. Do not judge and just concentrate on the sound. Immerse yourself in the sound.
  • Shun away any thoughts that try to intervene.
  • Pick up a routine task- cleaning your desk, clearing your junk email folder, eating your meal. Get involved in the minute details of the process rather than rushing to finish it so that you can jump into the other tasks of the day. If you are eating your meal, watch how your spoon collects the food from the plate, the color and texture of the food, the entire process that you go through from lifting the spoonful from your plate, till you chew every morsel and swallow it down. Experience every moment rather than constantly pushing yourself to complete the meal. www

These life enhancement activities will help you align physically, mentally and spiritually as you become aware of every moment & involve yourself in the process.

“Mindfulness is simply being aware of what is happening right now without wishing it were different. Enjoying the pleasant without holding on when it changes (which it will), being with the unpleasant without fearing it will always be this way (which it won’t)  James Baraz

 

 

 

 

 

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