“Peace of mind is not the absence of conflict from life, but the ability to cope with it.” – Unknown
We all want the same things, we want to be happy, and we want to feel good. And so we set off on the quest of finding tools and answers that will help us improve the state of our being. It’s not a problem to advance our knowledge – the necessary information is at our fingertips. But when it comes to finding time for ourselves and applying those new tools, it gets trickier. Now, the busier our life gets, the more we need some quiet time to pause, take a deep breath, and just let yourself be.
Being present, becoming aware of life – often seems impossible to those of us whose lives are jam-packed busy.
As a person who has a natural talent for stress, at first, I was skeptical about all the fantastic claims about mindfulness, and yet, as a curious and open-minded being, I decided to give it a shot as I desperately wanted to create a positive change in my life and become more present.
There was a time when I thought of ‘mindful people’ as those Tibetan monks sitting up top the snowy mountains.
I thought that ‘mindfulness’ was some mysterious secret available only to highly ‘mindful people’ that could happily sit about under a tree for hours being in the total state of bliss. I felt jealous. I wanted in. I wanted to become an Insider of that secret behind mindfulness.
What I failed to see back then was that being mindful meant living in the ‘now’ creating pure intention (here and now) in every moment of each day, without clinging to the past or trying to predict and have control over the outcomes of the future – something that EVERYONE can achieve.
Not only it is possible to become more mindful regardless the busyness, but it’s also desirable.
Because I believe that mindfulness will help us all achieve our goals and enjoy our lives to the fullest.
Over the next two weeks I’ll be given you the seven habits that can help you increase mindfulness and find peace regardless of your busy schedule.
Return to nature as often as you can
When you return to Mother Nature allowing yourself to soak up all its endless beauty – it gives you the renewed sense of wonder we miss from time to time; it brings you back into the ‘now.’ Get outside for a hike or a stroll in a park; if you live nearby the river, or a lake, or an ocean – get out there more and just stare into the water. Learn from water: the river never holds all water that passes through it; you too should let go of everything that’s been weighing you down. Research suggests that being outdoors reduces stress levels, improves your energy, your attention, and memory.
Breathing deeply and eagerly
Become conscious of your breathing. “Yoga teachings say that the longer the breath, the longer you live. Inhale and slowly count to three, then exhale and do the same again. Employ your entire torso – your nostrils, throat, collarbones, ribcage, and diaphragm. Feel the rush of fresh, oxygenated blood fill you with renewed life.” – Alfred Jones (mindfulness coach)
Think clay pigeon shooting – do one thing at a time
One Zen proverb goes like this:
“When walking, walk. When eating, eat.”
This means that you need to allow yourself to do one thing at a time.
Please, stop multi-tasking, single-task instead. When you are peeling potatoes, just peel potatoes. When you are eating, just eat enjoying each bite. Don’t try to overkill it by knocking off lots of to-dos while driving, eating or clay pigeon shooting.
Besides, “Studies have found that when people divide their attention, it takes them 50% longer to accomplish a task and they are 50% more likely to make errors” explains mindfulness teacher Melli O’Brien.