According to a study, we spend 47% of our time in mind wanderings. So for almost half of our lives, we are not there. It is easy to while away our time in day dreaming and be on the autopilot when we are not doing something in particular.
We need to transform the way we engage with our world by being more mindful. Jon Kabat-Zinn, who is an authority on this subject says, ‘mindfulness is paying attention in a particular way, on purpose, in the present moment and non-judgementally. Mindfulness requires us to make an effort to notice things as they are, to hear the sounds, and to be aware of how we feel inside our mind and our body.
Try to be more observant on the next time you take a walk. Perceive without judging the people who pass by… strangers, acquaintances who wave and say hello, the trees, the flowers, the sidewalk, the traffic… If some thoughts arise, welcome them and then let them go to focus back on your walk.
And remember to be kind to yourself. You are not doing it wrong or failing in any way. All you need to do is to invite your attention back and start afresh.