We all know about the incredible endless benefits of mindfulness but how to implement it in our daily life? Well, practicing mindfulness is similar to cultivating a garden: to be able to make something bloom you need certain conditions. These conditions include the following habits of mindfulness, which are essential to be able to optimize practice and start feeling good with yourself:
1. Be an observer
Do you know what mindful people do? They take their thoughts lightly, they know perfectly well that often the chatter of the mind is not true, indeed it is misleading. The first good habit, therefore, consists in taking a step back and looking at the mind without judgment, thus avoiding being carried away by the emotional current generated by thoughts. You must become an impartial witness, able to look without identifying yourself, recognizing that often the patterns proposed by thoughts are repetitive and deviant because they tend towards the past or the future, neglecting the present moment, therefore reality.
2. Cultivate gratitude
Practicing gratitude means becoming aware of the fact that, even in the toughest situations, there is always something to be grateful for. Keep a notebook near the bedside table and in the evening, before going to bed, write down 3 good things that happened during the day. This workout will allow you to recognize the joy in even the smallest things. Not only that, gratitude is the easiest way to feel satisfied because it is an emotion that favors the production of endorphins, chemicals produced by our brain capable of making us feel happy and at peace with the world.
Try it for five minutes, then ten, then twenty: meditation is learned little by little. You can practice mindfulness without meditating but know that this practice is the basis for being mindful. Meditation helps you stay present to yourself despite the ups and downs of daily life. Mindfulness and meditation help you to the extent that they make you live in the present without being overwhelmed by any stressful expectations or any influence of your past. You are centered in the here and now and you don’t get carried away by false emotions and feelings.
4. One thing at a time
Multitasking? No thanks! Scientists have shown that when your attention moves quickly from one thing to another, it takes 50% more time to perform a certain activity and you are 50% more likely to make mistakes. Conscious attention pushes you to do one thing at a time, moment by moment, enjoying the single moment without thinking about the next. This experience makes your daily activities more enjoyable and effective.
5. Notice how you feel
The mindful person experiences anger, pain, sadness or fear but what distinguishes him from other people is that he does not avoid such feelings and does not deny them. He recognizes them and understands that such emotions are a part of life and will go away just as they came. Awareness is not about always being happy but about the complete acceptance of the present moment as it is, without trying to control it or to resist. Put simply, you have to train yourself to recognize what you feel and to allow it to be just the way it is. Emotions, both pleasant and unpleasant, come and go and are a natural part of life. Thanks to mindfulness, you acquire the ability to remain centered, calm and aware even in the midst of the storms that often shake our lives.
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