A friend of mine asked me recently: How to practise mindfulness? I have never thought about it before and therefore, decided to write a bit in today’s article.
How To Practise Mindfulness
Today you will learn some exercises showing how to practise mindfulness. Try at least one of them, especially when negative thoughts attack you or your mood plummets.
Mindfulness Means Living in the Present
- Make a conscious effort to focus on the present moment, without judgment. Just let your thoughts go. Do not bother with today or tomorrow.
When you stop thinking about it, the only moment in which you are really able to live in the present. Fully accept yourself at the moment. Always come back to focusing on your breath and listening to the sounds around you.
- Allow yourself to do nothing and just be. You do not always have to be running around in order to get things accomplished. Frequently, your mind and body need to recharge in order to be productive when you do have to work. Allow yourself to have this resting period, and think of it as a necessary part of living a good life in the long run.
Doing Nothing and Just Be
- Do not think about the past or plan the future. Forget about the time
You know that you cannot change the past. So why not to let it go? Stop thinking about things that have already happened. Also, the future is not here yet, so there is no need to focus on it either. The future will result from the present – your thoughts, acts and words. Focus instead on the present moment without worrying about what time it is. Try not to think when you have to be somewhere next. For example, do not worry about how much time you allow to pass before getting up.
- Pay attention to your thoughts, words, actions, and motivations.
While thinking, saying, or doing something, what is the reason behind it? For example, are you telling someone a story to benefit them in some way, or is it just benefiting you or your ego? Always think about the motivations behind everything you do before doing it to see if it is really necessary. Make sure that you are always coming from a good place when you choose to speak or act in any way.
- Notice your judgments and let them pass.
There is nothing wrong with having judgments. This is a normal thing that everyone experiences. But then acknowledge them and allow them to pass as nothing more than fleeting thoughts. Judgments are not permanent, and your mind can always change, so never get too caught up in your initial judgments of anything.
- Return to the present moment.
While beginning to feel anxious about the future or regretful about the past, return your attention to the moment at hand. Stop and realize there is nothing you can do to change anything that has already happened or that may be coming to you in the future. Always return to the here and now to live in peace.
- Do not be too hard on yourself when your mind wanders off during practice. Gently bring your attention back to the present. Everyone’s mind is going to wander now and then while they are practising mindfulness meditation. There is nothing wrong with recognising your passing thought and let it go. Once it is gone, take some deep breaths and reset your focus to be in your mindfulness practice.
I will not give you more exercises as the aforementioned require time to be mastered. Be patient and do not rush with doing these presented here.
Let mindfulness become your habit, the part of your daily routine. In this way, your mood will improve and more happiness will be attracted to your life. If you are still not sure of the efficiency of mindfulness, check my last two articles:
We are not taught how to be mindful at school. Moreover, our life makes this process even more difficult. But when you master mindfulness, your life will totally change, you will gain a new perspective on the reality around.
In a Nutshell
Today I have shown you a couple of mindfulness techniques. Pick up the one which will resonate with you the most. Practise it regularly so that it will become your habit. Good luck.