More Mindful = Less Full Mind
In recent years, mindfulness has becoming incredibly popular, and as well as successfully integrating into mainstream medicine, it is also becoming more present in the educational system, as more schools and colleges find their students who are aware of its benefits crave its presence on the curriculum. Scientists too, have been able to collect an increasingly large body of evidence to support its benefits, and have established links between the practice of mindfulness and improvements in several areas of emotional, psychological and physical well-being.
As well as it being a reality that being more mindful helps to generate a greater sense of general well-being, it is also very common that mindfulness techniques help to reduce stress reduction, lower blood pressure, help with anxiety, improve the quality of sleep and even assist in managing pain levels.
If you haven’t come across mindfulness, or you desire some of the benefits that it brings, then you might well want to look at my App “Hypnosis for Transformation” from the App Store or on Google Play and download the “Being More Mindful” recording, or even buy it for yourself through the shop on this website here
Being more mindful allows you to appreciate the pleasures in life as they occur and increases your ability to become fully engaged in activities, which in turn then gives you a greater capacity to deal with any adverse events. Results of scientific studies indicate that mindfulness is a key element in happiness, and there is also increasing amounts of evidence that mental health issues like depression respond positively to mindfulness techniques.
Mindfulness is much more of a way of being then a ritual that you have to carry out. Something as simple as taking a deep breath every time you pick up your mobile to look at your emails or texts, or paying attention to the sensations in your hands when you wash them, or to noticing the smells of flowers can be effective for you: for these are all moments of being more mindful.
Interestingly, mindfulness as the practice of purposely focusing your attention on the present moment, helps to clear the clutter in busy mind. Plenty of people do daily tasks automatically, multi-task or both and often have their heads full of thoughts as they are going about their business. Being more mindful while doing these tasks means that you cultivate a mind that is less full on a regular basis. Lots of people who practice mindfulness also find that they worry less about the future and have less regrets over the past and live more fruitful and productive lives as a result.
Being more mindful is a process rather than an event. It can start with an event though; i.e. you decide to become more mindful from this moment on. Remember too, that you can empower your subconscious mind to help you to be more mindful on an ongoing basis by treating your self to the “Being More Mindful” recording through the shop on this website here , or through my App “Hypnosis for Transformation” from the App Store or on Google Play. For some simple ways to be more mindful in your everyday life, have read the 5 simple Ways for being more mindful in your everyday life.
5 Simple Ways to Be More Mindful in Your Everyday Life
In the Shower
Be aware of physical sensations: the temperature of the water and how it feels as on your skin. Notice the smell of the soap or shower gel, the noise of the water splashing around you; be in the experience
Avoid: thoughts that would take you out of the shower experience – last night’s TV, today’s working day etc.
Brushing your Teeth
Notice the taste, texture and smell of the toothpaste. Feel your feet on the floor as you brush your teeth and notice the movements that your arm has to make to reach all of your teeth.
Avoid: doing other things whilst brushing your teeth, like walking around the house and packing a bag, or looking for your keys.
Your Journey to Work
Observe your own enjoyment or conversely your resistance to the journey. Be mindful of the people around you, especially on a packed train and remember they probably like a packed train or bus as little as you do.
Avoid: resentment, anger or frustration in packed trains. Be present to your own emotions, to conversations around you, even to the smells around you. Accept them and let them pass.
Doing Kitchen Chores
Whether it’s washing up, chopping veg, preparing food, be present and do them with feeling and passion. Be awareness of sensations you experience (i.e. if your hands are in warm water to wash-up), or the way you hold the knife if you are chopping veg or preparing food.
Avoid: Doing them with a heavy heart or trying to do them as quickly as possible. Avoid daydreaming.
In a queue or traffic jam
Observe any tension you feel in yourself when you know you have to wait. Follow your breathing and notice it coming in and out of the body. Feel your feet on the floor or the pedals of the car or bike.
Avoid: Standing twitching, or complaining (to yourself or others) in the queue or jam. Avoid looking at your phone endlessly or aimlessly.
Love and Blessings