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Transform Yourself Through Mindfulness

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In today’s day and age, we are constantly bombarded with information (whether relevant or irrelevant) due to advanced technology. As a result, we are more distracted than ever. We suffer from ADT (attention deficit traits) and the credit goes to the nonstop influx of emails, sms’s, whatsapp messages, social media notifications etc. Targets, the endless to-do lists and the busyness of life further add to the chaos in our lives. According to a research conducted by Rasmas Hougaard of Potential Project, we are only present 53 % of the time. Most of us are going through our day to day chores ‘mindlessly’. Giving into mindless distractions is a sign that we’re living our life mindlessly instead of mindfully.

According to a studies conducted in the United States of America, eight out of ten Americans experience stress in their daily lives which subjects them to high risk of heart disease, stroke, and other stress related diseases. Of the different techniques aimed at fighting stress, mindfulness has become widely accepted as it helps in improving the overall quality of life. For corporate leaders & managers, the choice of being mindful will have a far reaching impact as it will result in more mindful work-spaces, far more happier employees and as a result, a better society.

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What is mindfulness?

The word ‘mindful’ is a combination of the words ‘mind’ and ‘full’. To be mindful is to deliberately pay attention to a specific point of focus. Mindfulness is the quality of being fully present and fully engaged with whatever we’re doing at the moment. Research has shown that practicing mindfulness reduces our stress and anxiety, improves attention and memory, and promotes self-regulation and compassion. Cultivating mindfulness leads to a greater sense of meaning, inner peace and abundant joy and happiness.

Mindfulness is a way of befriending ourselves and our experience.

— Jon Kabat-Zinn

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Mindfulness and Meditation

Mindfulness and meditation both have health benefits but many don’t realize that they are two different things. Practicing mindfulness is only one form of meditation. We practice meditation for a certain period of time in a day. But mindfulness is something different. Mindfulness is simply the practice of being aware. You don't have to focus on this for a certain amount of time during the day. Rather, you can choose to be mindful anytime and anywhere. You can even be mindful during a conversation with a friend or while doing a simple task as drinking tea or washing utensils.

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How to practice mindfulness?

There are some very simple ways to bring more mindfulness into our everyday lives. Sit for a few minutes every day with your eyes closed and focus on your breath. Or go for a walk but walk with purpose and awareness, paying attention to every step. Another way is to take the time to explore quiet. You’ll find that even in the quietest of places, you can hear the wind blowing, leaves rustling, birds chirping and so on. Use the sounds that you hear in the quiet as part of your mindfulness practice.

One of the simplest things to do to improve mindfulness is perhaps also one of the most difficult to put into practice: keep your mind on one thing at a time. Stop multitasking. Work on one task or project before moving on to the next so that each task/project benefits from your full attention. Don’t give in to distractions like phone or social media and give your undivided attention to the task at hand.

Another very simple way to practice mindfulness is to do your chores wisely. As you go about your household chores, pour yourself into them wholeheartedly. At meals, be mindful of what you are eating and relish every bite. As you walk, eat, travel and generally go about your work, remember to make mindfulness, gratitude and generosity part of your experience.

Be where you are, otherwise you will miss your life.

— Buddha

The choice to live mindfully does not happen overnight, nor does it come easily. Like all other skills, mindfulness requires practice. A simple inner shift will improve every aspect of your life. The pursuit of mindfulness will help you get rid of needless worries about unimportant things and nurture passion for your work. Integrating mindfulness into your daily life and every aspect of leadership will help in higher levels of emotional intelligence, better decision making skills, improved strategic thinking, freedom from ego and a more inspiring & effective leadership.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2020 Shaloo Walia

Comments

Shaloo Walia (author) from India on November 01, 2020:

Thank you.This lockdown period has given us a lot of time for reflection and being mindful of things that truly matter.

Shaloo Walia (author) from India on November 01, 2020:

Thank you.

Shaloo Walia (author) from India on November 01, 2020:

Thank you.

Shaloo Walia (author) from India on November 01, 2020:

Being mindful certainly has its benefits.

Shaloo Walia (author) from India on November 01, 2020:

Single tasking is definitely way better than multi tasking.

Shaloo Walia (author) from India on November 01, 2020:

These past few months have given many of us a time to pause, reflect and be thankful.

manatita44 from london on October 29, 2020:

A very health-benefiting 'mindful' piece of writing with outlined benefits and stress-healing qualities laid out. We need this at anytime, but now seems equally urgent. A beautiful and inspirational piece!

DreamerMeg from Northern Ireland on October 29, 2020:

I am trying to be more mindful of what I do each day. It is helpful. Great article.

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on October 28, 2020:

This is really of great value. If I did not have my practice of mindfulness I would be a complete mess.

Kalpana Iyer from India on October 28, 2020:

I have started practicing mindfulness recently. Paying full attention to one thing at a time really does help in productivity. These are some great tips! Thanks for sharing.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on October 28, 2020:

I wonder sometimes, as I'm out on my walks with the dogs, how many people take the time, each day, to experience quiet and peacefulness. It really is regenerative. It's a must for me. Without my quiet reflection time, I am a mess.

That's a long way of saying I totally agree with you. :)