Creating a Zen Mindset: 10 Steps to Practicing Mindfulness in Everyday Life
NEW DELHI: More and more people believe in developing a Zen attitude. Achieving Zen, however, isn’t about overhauling life and working by the age of 30. Instead, it focuses on cultivating a sense of peace through discipline, harmony and love. Being mindful enables one to be fully present in their experiences and focus on what is happening.
While practicing mindfulness regularly has significant benefits for the body, mind, and spirit, it isn’t always easy in the beginning. Dealing with the stress of work and relationships can be incredibly difficult, especially in your mid-30s. First, stress cannot be handled physically, and it can be very difficult to manage mentally. A person may experience stress for a variety of reasons, some of which may be more complex than the problems they dealt with earlier in life. But practicing mindfulness and being present can help reduce stress and help people live happier, more distraction-free lives.
Here are 10 tips for practicing mindfulness in everyday life:
Focus on breathing
Breathing is a natural process that occurs rhythmically and naturally. When people focus on their breath, it takes them out of the mind and into the body. As a result, a person can momentarily free himself from his nagging thoughts, worries and fears, reminding that person of who he is — his inner spirit, not thoughts.
It has become a habit of people to scoff at their food while distracted by mobile phones, TV or continuous conversations. It does not allow you to enjoy the taste and smell of food. Also, one is less likely to feel nourished and satisfied because the person “misses” what they ate. Don’t get distracted while eating, focus on the food and enjoy every bite. Bring mindfulness into every day activity like bathing, walking, running errands.
Connect with the senses
The senses – smell, touch, taste, sound and sight – are gateways to the present moment. But when people are lost in thought, they do not experience what the senses receive. Therefore, it is important to pause to absorb the beautiful aroma of coffee. Misty mountain air. The diversity and beauty of flowers in the neighborhood. One should give love and attention to everything and enjoy the happiness and peace it brings.
Notice the unpleasant sensations
Feelings of resentment, irritability or inferiority complex are common among humans. But it is important not to try to impose different emotions on the feelings one is experiencing at this time. Being in the present moment and opening to the feeling is a great way to practice mindfulness without immediately running away from it. Instead, a person should try to impose different emotions on what he experiences. Additionally, one must see oneself as separate from emotion.
Bring awareness to communication methods
Talking and listening, along with periods of silence, are part of the communication process that humans have adapted to. Therefore, one should be mindful of the states of mind during these activities. Significantly, one must notice the silence and the sounds between the silences.
Don’t believe everything that pops into your mind
Don’t believe everything people think. The mind often makes assumptions and assumptions that are not true. Thoughts are the images, words, and sounds that appear in your mind. But most of the time, people get caught up in their thoughts and believe them to be true. But one is not necessary. Helps one stay calm and relaxed. Thoughts will stick in the mind. The idea is to change the relationship with thoughts. Seeing thoughts as just thoughts instead of facts makes a real difference.
Meditation has enormous benefits for the body and mind, increasing energy, inspiration, happiness and inner peace. One does not have to sit for long periods of time to meditate. Even 10 minutes a day can have a positive impact on life. This will strengthen the memory muscles, so people will find it much easier to stay in the moment throughout the day.
Gratitude is the best attitude. Gratitude is about discovering that a person likes what he has and dislikes what he doesn’t have. Gratitude can be practiced in this moment. A person should think how blessed he is to have a certain thing, say good books for example. Others may not have the means or opportunity to purchase such books. And, when millions of people around the world are dying of hunger, one should be grateful to have food on the plate.
When talking to another person, listen actively without thinking about how to respond. In a conversation, it’s important to try to listen actively while paying full attention to the other person. Listen with ears, heart and intuition. This will help change the quality of your conversations.
Make time for specific things
One should keep specific time of day for specific activities. A time for work, a time for showering, a time for cleaning, a time for eating. This ensures that those things are done on a regular basis without any hindrance. One can devote time to one’s own activities, be it work or cleaning or exercise or quiet contemplation.
Mindfulness is a practice that people should practice in every moment of their lives. Practice these tips to not only stay mindful, but also be happy and positive in life.
(- Deepak Mittal, Founder, Divine Soul Yoga)