If you are like most folks today, you are so busy between professional and personal demands that you hardly have a moment to yourself. However, being caught up in the past and future can keep you from enjoying the moment. Being mindful will take diligent practice, but you can learn to achieve this preferred state of mind.
What is mindfulness? It is being aware of yourself and your surroundings, tuning into the moment completely. Although it takes concerted effort to master, once you have become accustomed to the exercises, you will find it easier and easier to accomplish. If you practice consistently for thirty minutes per day, within six months you will have made incredible progress.
There are many different exercises and techniques that can help with being mindful. You might discover that some work better for you than others. However, you should attempt an exercise multiple times before scratching it from your list. Because these exercises are designed to alter your frame of mind, it will likely feel awkward at first.
One of the first mindfulness exercises that many professionals recommend is to pay attention to your breathing. Slowly breath in through your mouth, feeling your belly expand as you do. Then, blow the air out gently through your mouth, allowing your lungs to empty completely before taking a new breath.
As you are doing so, notice how the air feels as it passes through your nose, throat, mouth and lips. Pay attention to your chest and stomach as the air expands your body. If you notice your stomach rumble or other bodily changes, simply acknowledge them and continue with your exercises.
In fact, learning how to acknowledge thoughts without letting them take over is one of the tenets of mindfulness. It is inevitable that thoughts, including unpleasant ones, will pass through your mind. However, that doesn’t mean that you must allow it to control your day.
Some people choose to picture these thoughts floating away on a stream while others imagine them drifting into the air on a hot air balloon. You can choose whatever scenario works best for you. As long as you let the thought leave without fighting it, because that will give it strength.
If you have never meditated before, now is the time to start. You can find incredible guided meditation sessions on and off-line. Though you might feel ridiculous at first, with repeated practice it will become second nature. Those who have been meditating for years can often call upon that serene state of mind, even in the midst of chaos.
Many of the health problems that people experience today have to do with stress and lacking the appropriate mechanisms to deal it. From chronic migraines to ulcers and more, the results of negative mental loops can impact your physical and emotional health as well. You can break free from this destructive cycle and gain peace in your life by committing thirty minutes each day to your mindfulness practices.