How Can One Be Mindful?
Ways You Can Improve On Mindfulness On Becoming a Better Person
For a start, mindfulness means having the basic human ability to be conscious and aware of our surroundings and our actions. It also means not over-reacting or flabbergasted by our environment or people around us.
You are being mindful when you bring awareness to what you are currently experiencing through your senses. It can be experienced through your thoughts and emotions in your state of mind too.
A very straightforward word, it advocates your mind is committed fully to what is going on, your current actions, your words. Small and insignificant it may seem at your current point of time, but it may have adverse effects on your future undertakings. It may make us lose touch with our colleagues, our overbearing bosses, our friends, our family and relatives, and eventually ourselves. Not being mindful may send us into questioning ourselves and regretting our actions in the long run.
There are a few things you should know about mindfulness. Mindfulness is not something exotic or obscure, as it is something we inherently have. It is not some hipster nonsense pulled out of thin air. It does not require you to change (much). Anyone can do it. Making a few small changes here and there makes you a better person.
Mindfulness is an inherent human trait and it readily available to all of us. Unfortunately, not everyone practices it on a daily basis. Here are ways you can be more mindful. Read on!
First and foremost, practise having gratitude for yourself. According to Gala Darling, she explains, “Gratitude is the very simple act of just expressing thanks for the things you have in your life and even when you’re having a terrible day there are always things to be grateful for.”
Darling has come up with ways to be grateful. From writing down 10 things you are grateful for every morning and night, to turning your Instagram account into a gratitude diary, it is all in the simple actions you do every day. She reckons that being grateful is equivalent to counting your blessings.
You will be made aware of what makes you happy, and what doesn’t at that point in time. It helps you live in the present. By practising gratitude, you’d be conscious what to do more of, and less of others. Gala Darling has made a video on gratitude and counting your blessings.
Maybe you are a very easily irritated person. Or someone who reacts at every tiny thing said or done to you. Or someone who just have to win every single ‘debate’. You don’t have to. If it makes your life easier and helps you be mindful, meditate.
Meditation has benefits that help to silence the mind. Meditating for your mind helps bring deeper awareness and knowledge of yourself. Through meditation, it helps us gain more understanding of our life’s purpose.
Besides having a more solid understanding of ourselves, meditation also helps us be less bothered by things. It basically helps you be detached towards problems that were originally small matters. It helps with worrying less, or not at all of the meaningless things and see the bigger picture.
Should you know: meditation helps with better concentration. It helps clear your mind of junk and makes you more productive, and be more disciplined.
Be observant especially of the people around you, the people you interact with. Sit on a bench in the park. Or watch from the café you are at. Basically, you people watch. You may pick up a few idiosyncrasies here and there. There’s something about people watching that’s relaxing. You may learn one or two things here and there about a stranger by picking up on their conversations. People watching helps you be mindful towards how there are different kinds of people besides you.
Also be observant towards how and what people say or do to you. Pick up on their choice of words, their actions, and whatnot. It helps you mindfully work yourself around them. In the long run, it may be beneficial towards your relationships with other people.
Worry less, or stop worrying at all
Are you the kind of person who worries a lot? Or have an over-active imagination? If you do, worrying prevents you from focusing and ‘living in the moment’. It also means it will be a challenge for you to get out of your head. Mindfulness means being thankful for each moment you have. And you wouldn’t be able to have that if you are completely wrapped up with worrying over things that don’t even matter in the first place.
If you really feel you can’t get yourself out of your head, take control of your own thoughts. Tell your thoughts to be quiet. It may fight back, but reason with yourself it is keeping you from having reasonable thoughts.
In the event where your thoughts decided to run frenzy, do some physical exercise. Exercising releases endorphins and help you take control of your agitated brain. That way you are able to take back control of yourself and back on track.
Tuning-in in the morning
Try practice being mindful when you wake up in the morning. Take 5-10 minutes for you to get into mindfulness. Pay attention to your body, your breath, and your surroundings is enough. Come up with a list of mindful things you’d like to do to the people around you.
At the end of the day, review all the mindful things you have done. As you close out your day, take out a few minutes to review what you have done in mindfulness. Look back on your day and see how you stayed with your intentions. See what triggered you. Celebrate your successes. Think about how you can improve your mindfulness and continue to be mindful.
You do not necessarily have to incorporate everything on the list. As long as you focus on improving the general state of your mind, and improve on yourself.