Having the ability to be mindful is definitely a lot tougher than most people think. It is not as simple as just reflecting or contemplating on a current moment, yet it is a full body effort to be totally present in where you are and what is going on around you. Being mindful means tapping in to all five of your senses, feeling the breeze on your skin, smelling the aromas in the air, hearing the faintest of noises in the distance; it is the ability to do all of these things yet silence your mind and focus on maybe a single objective that you place there or nothing at all. With practice. these skills can be honed in and refined; however, to get it perfect on your first try is close to impossible. As the saying goes, if at first you don’t succeed try try again. In this life, bettering ourselves is something we should strive for every day, therefore even if we do not get it right first time doesn’t mean we shouldn’t continue to try.
Having a skill such as awareness is crucial to our everyday lives and can lower stress and anxiety levels immensely. Many people try so often to immerse themselves in their busy lives giving themselves no time to stop and breathe through the day and take a step back. Having a quiet period to yourself everyday can help keep you fresh and ready to go, instead of getting stuck in a rut where at most times of the day you are feeling overwhelmed with tasks. There are a few ways we can incorporate being mindful into our day, making sure to choose something you enjoy is very important in your quest to refining your ability to be aware of the present.
Different methods to becoming more aware
There are many different ways you can practice being mindful. One method to achieve this is called awareness meditation. To perform this, first make sure to sit comfortably and focus on your breath. If your mind starts to drift, simply shift your focus back as you notice it, and do this without judgment or frustration. Make sure to observe your emotions and let them pass through you without resistance. Having these types of experiences and meeting them with nonjudgmental thoughts will allow you to see the anxiety more clearly and pinpoint the root of the problem; this can make the adversity of stress easier to overcome. For example, being in touch with your anxiety and allowing it to move through your body without resistance is a key stepping stone in overcoming it. Accepting your anxieties and knowing it will pass can decrease stress levels and allow you to become more comfortable in your present situation.
If this method is not something you would want to try, there are many other different ways to achieve mindfulness. Doing activities such as yoga or sports can be something where you are able to find that place in your consciousness of complete focus. It allows you to come away from the stresses of your day and have your mind singularly focused on the task at hand. Plus being active is a great way to stay in shape and keep yourself healthy.
Finally, if none of these methods seem appealing to you, then you should try holistic therapy. This is a treatment that can be performed by a specialist and promotes the overall wellness of the patient. It is a way to become more physically, mentally and spiritually healthy. Holistic therapy specialist will take into account every aspect of your life and treat you in such a way that it leads to a more balanced and healthy lifestyle.