Our lives have become hectic!
It’s now common to think that doing multiple things at once will help us get more done but, as many of you know, this is often untrue.
By multitasking we spread ourselves too thinly and become stressed and fragmented, which disconnects us from the present moment and often leads to failure.
We need the power of the present moment to bring us back to our centre. To allows us to experience what’s happening in our lives and connect with our true feelings.
Mindfulness is a free gift available to everyone and is a gift we should all appreciate in this fast-paced world!
What’s even more exciting is there’s science behind it!
Research is now starting to show that physical and psychological symptoms can be improved by actively practising mindfulness.
Here are five gifts of mindfulness that I’ve found helpful:
Becoming more present has allowed me to appreciate what I have in my life.
It stops me from future-tripping or looping back on past events and allows me to feel satisfied with the present moment.
Appreciation and gratitude have significantly developed my overall well-being and happiness.
2. Mindful Breathing
When I practice mindfulness, I find myself becoming more aware of my breath and I often use breathing techniques to adjust my physical and mental states.
Being able to change the way I feel is especially helpful in stressful situations.
I find that when I improve my physical state, I improve my mental state and visa-versa.
3. Mindful Eating
When I practice mindful eating and really appreciate taste, I stop rushing, my digestion improves and my relationship with food enhances.
Just like with breathing, I start to feel more connected to my body and I elevate my physical state, leading to a better mental state in the process.
4. Emotional Awareness
Practicing mindfulness has helped me to become more aware of my emotions, it stops me from stuffing them down or bypassing them.
I allow myself to feel the present moment and, the better I become with this, the more I feel able to move through situations peacefully, without overthinking or lingering on them.
In the long-term, mindfulness has helped me to heal, improve my mental health and provide a more mature perspective on how I relate to things.
Better understanding my emotions has really helped me to gain perspective on how I feel about my life.
A gift I’ve really found helpful is acceptance.
Becoming present and accepting reality allows me to see things as they are and move forward.
It’s transformational to be mindful in situations where acceptance is the only real possibility.
It stops me looking at acceptance in a negative way, like I am giving up; instead, it enables me to become aware of reality.
When I truly accept something, it no longer has a hold over me. I can move forward more easily.
It gives me the gift of truly accepting who I am without judgement. Whenever I drop judgement, I feel liberated!
Acceptance is the gift that allows more happiness into my life without condition.
Practice and consistency
As you can see, practising mindfulness has really benefitted my life and has had a huge impact on my long-term happiness and well-being.
Consistency is an extremely important part of this!
It’s not about how much you do, or how perfect your practice is, it’s about starting small and becoming mindful to little things.
As with any skill, consistent practice is essential. The more we practice, the better we become!
So try it! Notice how you feel, become aware of the benefits and make mental notes of them.
Also notice how you feel when you aren’t practicing consistently.
In time, it will become easier!
If you do fall off the wagon, be kind to yourself! Let it remind you that you’re human. Don’t judge yourself, just move forward.
How present are you?
I hope you have found this helpful and it will inspire you to begin the practise of mindfulness.
The key is to find practices that work for you.
There is no right or wrong.
Experiment by finding ways to acknowledge the present moment and bring feelings of conscious awareness into your life.
If one method doesn’t suit you, try another.
There will always be some form of mindfulness that suits you; you just have to find the right one.
Mindfulness is a practise that will only result in benefits to your well-being and happiness, as it did for me, so it’s well worth giving it a go!
Also, it’s free and accessible to everyone, no matter what state you are in! Now that’s a real gift!
Ask yourself this question and take it from there…
How present am I in my daily life?
All my love