Life seems to pass by so fast and it is easy to forget to slow things down in order to focus on the present moments. What is mindfulness and why is this important? Mindfulness is paying more attention to the present moment, your own thoughts and feelings and to everything that surrounds you. Mindfulness is when you are truly there appreciating all that the particular moment is bringing to you. Mindfulness has been found to be a key element in happiness and inner peace along with many other benefits including the following;
- Improving your overall well being - from your attitude to your self esteem and everything in between including less worry, no regrets and deeper connections with others.
- Improving your physical health - heart disease, blood pressure, chronic pain and lack of sleep can improve through mindfulness.
- Improving your mental health - depression, disorders, anxiety, conflicts and fear can be washed away when you practice certain techniques of being in the moment.
The big question is, how do I practice mindfulness? Here are some suggestions to start with;
- Pay attention, focus on one thing at a time until completion.
- Appreciate the moment you are in. Focus on that particular person, project or goal without looking to the next one.
- Sit still for ten minutes, breathe easily and focus on a prayer, positive phrase or gentle thought that brings a feeling of peace and calm.
We now live in a world full of technology and ways for our minds to get more cluttered with the access we have to staying in touch. The most important thing to remember is to simply start being mindful by paying attention to everything that is beautiful in the moment. Paying attention to the person you are conversing with, enjoying the beauty that surrounds you, hearing the sounds of nature. I know that if you start taking little steps to being more mindful, you will truly start living a more balanced and beautifulife.
My affirmation for you this week is;
“I am taking time each day to clear my mind from all the clutter in order to appreciate the beauty of each and every moment”