The mind wanders out of control. It is comparable to muddy water. Let it rest for long enough and everything floating in it slowly begins to settle down. The water becomes clean, clear and still.
We have random thoughts, feelings, ideas, problems and their solutions flashing across our minds at lightning speed. All this leaves us in a confused and stressed out mess. Our mind takes us either back into the past or future.
According to Judson Brewer, a research scientist, when we are not doing anything, in particular, the default mode of our mind take over and it starts to wander away from where we are. By practicing mindfulness we can be more and more in the present and see things as they are.
By practicing mindfulness we can be more and more in the present and see things as they are.
Be in the present but without judging.
Try not to think about whether you like something you see or you don’t or how it could be improved.
Just be observant
Just be there…
Working away on our laptops, desktops, tablets and smartphones with our eye red and watery, our minds ready to explode and our chests caved in, resulting in shallow breathing, we know that we are racing towards disaster. But there alway that one more email to be sent or a few more words to be added to that report.
Stop all that and just take a break. Close your eyes, gently clasp your fingers behind your neck and slowly tilt your head up towards the ceiling. Hold for 10 seconds and bring your head and hand back down. Open your eyes and look at something at distance of at least twenty feet for twenty seconds. Do this every twenty minutes.
Yeah…yeah… we all know this as 20-20-20, but how many of us practice it regularly while gazing at screens for long hours. If you could just stand up and take a few steps around the room, just to get the circulation of blood in your legs going; nothing like it.
You will feel so much better at the end of the day and end up with doing much more work.
Why should you meditate when everything in your life is going fine. After all, it’s tough, time-consuming and energy-sapping. Also, there are much easier and fun ways to relax.
The problem is that the happiness, joy, and calm that we feel do not last for long. There will always be that Monday morning to start the cycle of stress again. With the practice of mindful meditation, you learn to react to everything that happens around you in a balanced way.
For a quick start, just choose a convenient time, a place, and a position.
Sit on a comfortable chair or on the floor with a cushion to keep you comfortable, close your eyes and start paying attention to your breath.
The air entering your nostrils, your chest expanding and finally, it’s exit from your nostrils.
Your mind will run every second in different directions. Just bring it back. Every time you do that your mind is becoming stronger.
Start with just 3 minutes and add a minute to your practice every day till you reach up to 15 minutes. That’s it for the beginners. There is no major goal to be achieved. The practice is the goal. Enjoy!
My First Post May 15, 2017
I was born in the month May and I am turning 54 this year. So far, it’s been a pretty regular life which included my work, and my favorite pass times like reading, meditating and practicing mindfulness. This year, however, I want to do something different like sharing my experiences and insights with others and learning from their writings. I intend to read a lot of blogs which I find interesting.
I type really slow and my daughter smiled and commented, “Hey mom, you really hunt and peck as you type”, hence the name…and it also reflects my slow-paced, relaxed life.
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