- Mental Health
Using Mindfulness to Help You Achieve Almost Anything
Do you know that it’s possible to do anything you want to do?
Can you imagine your life with less stress, more focus, better health, more wealth, being more productive and having an all-round feeling of greater happiness?
Well you can have all that and more by simply doing one simple thing.
Have you ever noticed how Buddhist monks are so calm, serene and happy even though they seem to own very few material possessions? And have you also noticed how healthy and trim they are?
The secret is just one thing they do that us “normal” people don’t.
They practice mindfulness.
This is so simple to do, yet can have profound life-changing and far-reaching benefits to every area of your life.
But what is mindfulness?
Well, it’s simple to explain because it’s a simple technique, but it’s not so easy to do if you’ve never done it before.
In a nutshell, mindfulness is being conscious (mindful) of only the present moment in your life.
So if you’re walking, you’re thinking only of each step you are taking. If you’re sweeping the floor, you’re only thinking about your task and you’re aware of every movement of the broom and every bit of dirt being moved.
Likewise, if you’re eating, you’re only thinking about the food you are consuming; feeling every mouthful you take and being aware of chewing and swallowing.
And although all this sounds easy to do, once you start practicing it, you’ll find it hard to only focus on the present moment and not let your mind drag you back into the past or thrust you into the future.
But once you master mindfulness, your life will be changed for the better forever.
Let’s take a look how it will help you:
By only focusing on the present moment and each action as you do it, you won’t be concerned about problems that happened in the past or worry about what might happen in the future.
Instead you’ll be able to stay completely focused on the task in hand and complete it efficiently and thoughtfully.
Working mindfully means you work through each task so thoroughly that you’ll feel ‘job satisfaction’ in everything you do. And you’ll also be worrying less about the past and future which is very stress relieving.
Being mindful every minute of every day means you’ll also be increasing your ability to focus as you place all your concentration on everything you do.
Being mindful also means no more multi-tasking. This includes not reading while you’re eating, not watching TV while you’re cooking or cleaning and no talking on the phone while you’re walking.
Just do one thing at a time and give it your complete and undivided attention. And before you know it, you’ll have super lazer-like focus on everything you do.
Mindful eating means not only being aware of what you’re eating, but also contemplating where it came from, how you’re eating it and how it will revitalize your body.
For instance, if you’re eating a mandarin, look at it first and imagine the mandarin tree with the rich, ripe fruit hanging from its dark leafy branch.
Watch the mandarine as you peel off the skin and separate the segments. Then, as you place each segment in your mouth, feel the pleasant sensation as you bite into it and the juice explodes across your teeth and tongue. As you swallow, imagine how the juice will hydrate and feed your body.
Eating this way will make you more conscious of the food choices you’re making. So if you have to imagine an animal being slaughtered before you eat and it upsets you, then you need to make more conscious choices about your food.
Altogether, mindfulness means slowing down, having more time to think about what you’re doing, having more time to make better life and health choices, making less mistakes, feeling less stressed and having a more comfortable, simpler life which will make you feel richer than you’ve ever felt before because you will now be able to see more clearly what’s working for you and what you need to get rid of in your life.
You’ll also have greater clarity about what you want and you’ll have the determination to achieve it. Whether what you want is bigger, better, simpler or quieter - whatever it is, with mindfulness, you can do it.