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How to become healthier, more efficient and wealthier - through the practice of mindfulness.

Updated on March 12, 2012

Changing the Mood

Mindfulness creates a different perception

Mindfulness originated in the Buddhist Tradition. Today the practice of mindfulness is practised all over the world by people from all walks of life and faiths.

The unique health benefits of the practice of mindfullness are well documented and it is helpful for a variety of challenges and problems such as recovering from illness, money management, diet, exercise, alcohol and drug abuse, relationships, dealing with conflict and to create balance.

For more reading on this go to http://www.goodmedicine.org.uk/stressedtozest/2011/09/six-recent-research-papers-mindfulness-outcome-reviews-brain-changes-self-com

To apply mindfulness to one or more situations that you are facing, whether they be serious challenges or just in pursuit of a new way of doing things, takes time and practice. However, the benefits of the time you put into the practice will in fact make you more efficient, healthier and even a little richer.

Mindfulness literally feeds the brain which changes the way we think and perceive situations.

"Most folks are about as happy as
they make up their minds to be."
- Abraham Lincoln



How to Begin Mindfulness

If you are overwhelmed with challenges finding the place to begin will be the hardest first step towards beginning. As a procrastinator myself I understand how putting something off until tomorrow is all too easy and tempting. However, the challenges don't disappear and often times the stress gets worse.

To get started write the things you would like to change on small slips of paper, fold them and shake them up in a jar. Close your eyes and pick one. That's the one you'll start with.

Now choose a quote, passage from a religious text or poem that relates to the subject. For example if you selected conflict at work "Blessed are the Peacemakers" Luke 6:17 or "Take the first step in faith. You don't have to see the whole staircase. Just take the first step." - Martin Luther King Jr. The important thing is that the saying works for you, it doesn't matter where it comes from. I have lots of helpful quotes on my Finding Fiji blog too at http://lizamiles-theartofhealthandwellness.blogspot.com/

Find a comfortable place to sit, lie or stand and, with your eyes shut, repeat the words you have chosen. Breathe deeply. Continue to breathe and repeat the words you have chosen out loud or in your head. Each time throughout the day the situation comes into your mind or you are challenged and feel stressed, repeat the exercise. Knowing what to do will follow naturally. You are changing the way you perceive the situation and your natural intuition will guide you. Repeat this for seven days stayuing on the same subject. Then move to the next one, or move to the one which your first subject naturally takes you to.

I know this to be helpful and work because I have experienced it. I have decreased my weight and increased my savings as a result.

I chose food as my mindfulness subject and it took me to deal with money. I learned that worries about money was the root of my comfort eating. Through the practice of mindfulness. I created a budget sheet, which took the money worries out of my mind - my mind was then free and not full. Focusing on money in a healthy way rather than stressing about it, also helped me to set up a more accountable savings programme and the realization that I, in fact, did have more money coming in than I thought. By applying mindfulness to my spending my savings are growing.

I have also lost weight!



Creating a mindfulness subjects jar can help you to get started
Creating a mindfulness subjects jar can help you to get started

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    • Lizam1 profile image
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      Lizam1 5 years ago from Victoria BC

      Thanks Ruby. I am now following you - you have some great writing going on.

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      Maree Michael Martin 5 years ago from Northwest Washington on an Island

      Mindfulness, how wonderful. Interesting how you related the money and the food, me too! I am gonna try that one for sure. Great hubs. On to more reading.

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      Lizam1 5 years ago from Victoria BC

      Yes you got it. Thanks for reading and the vote.

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      Civil War Bob 5 years ago from Glenside, Pennsylvania

      I read a bit on the first URL, Lizam1...thanks for the connection. Am I on the mark to sum up mindfulness as "cut yourself a break?!!" Your use of a Bible quote made me think of "Love God...and your neighbor as yourself;" which implies you have to love yourself first, then pass that on to your 'neighbor.' Good hub! Voted up, interesting, and useful.