“The mind is its own place and in itself, can make a Heaven of Hell, a Hell of Heaven.”
– John Milton
Another word that could replace mindfulness is awareness (in a self related way). When there is a direct, intuitive knowing of what you are doing while you are doing it. It is being conscious of what’s happening to both your mind and body, and familiar with the outside world as well.
According to the numerous researches done on mindfulness, it has been proved to be essential and put to use by professionals in Counselling, Court rooms, Boardrooms, Schools, Prisons, Reform institutions, and hospitals across the world. It is important that you’re mindful of your thoughts and actions, you think things through and get yourself familiar with the outcomes and consequences of these decisions such that you don’t just caught up in a situation without knowing to some extent how you got there or can leave there. Below are some easy tips that can be practiced so as to be more conscious of things and be mindful of them;
– Your Body
Keep your body in good shape. Be mindful of what enters it. A healthy body improves the mind. Stay hydrated, detoxify as often as you can, eat healthy meals, explore new cuisines, take supplements for health boost if you have to, savor every flavor, and be conscious of it all, don’t make your body a junkyard, treat it better.
– Involve Your Sense Organs
Be mindful of the things you can taste, touch, smell, hear. Pay attention to how you react to things, your response to things perceived by your organs. Which of it is more active and how to balance it all. When you’re listening, listen completely and contemplate your response. Try to cut down impulsive response to situations as much as possible.
– Stay Focused
Learn to do one thing at a time. Staying focus on the job at hand aids finishing in time and doing a better job. When eating, just eat, when meditating, just meditate, when checking emails, just check emails.
Give whatever you are doing par time a full concentration and do it mindfully.
– Body Consciousness
Bring your attention to your body, assess how you feel about your situations, take deep breathes when unsure, send the breath to all the areas of tension in the body and feel your feet connecting with the ground, consciously making a deep rooted decision you’re convinced of.
Try out one or two of these exercises everyday and see the change in yourself. Kindly share your thoughts in the comment section too.