Mindfulness has proved to help us be healthier, less affected by stress, more relaxed, sleep better, more creative and open to learning new skills. Could it be the key to unlocking work-life bliss.
In your life’s journey, are you the passenger, or the pilot? You wake up in the morning, drink coffee, go to work, have lunch, go to the gym, eat dinner, go to sleep, and repeat.
However, are you truly engaged in these activities? Do you feel wholeness and meaningfulness, as if you are living with intention and purpose?
Or, do you simply go through the motions, riding on a conveyer belt without much control over where you are going, or what choices you make along the way?
Mindfulness has proved to help us be healthier and less affected by stress, more relaxed, sleep better, more creative and open to learning new skills.
It also helps us improve our relationships with others, makes us happier, gives us more control of lives and therefore leaves us more satisfied.
We all like to think that we are fully engaged in life, taking control in the driver’s seat. However, in reality, most of the time we are on autopilot.
We go through the motions of our routines without stopping to give sincere attention to any of the activities in which we are ‘engaged’.
Through daily mindfulness practices and meditation, you can turn off your autopilot, and experience true engagement with your body and the environment around you.
Many people believe that mindfulness is only about meditation, and while this is may be one component, this practice is about so much more.
There are many different ways to incorporate this quality of presence into your daily life, and with practice, any activity can become a mindful activity.
The following seven steps for mindful happiness could help you bring more attention, awareness, and engagement to your daily routine at work and at home.
Start meditating 10 minutes a day
You’re probably thinking: “Meditation? I don’t have the time to meditate, I’m too busy.” While you’re busy juggling your personal and professional life, you may feel as though there aren’t enough hours in the day.
The good news is that meditation can be done in just a few short minutes when you find a spare moment, or are in between tasks.
Think about all the times you idly scroll through your Facebook newsfeed or browse the internet for the same – if not more – amount of time.
Using those pockets of downtime for meditating could be just what the doctor ordered to get you refocused and back on track.
Observe your thoughts
Focus on your breathing, and where your mind is focused in that moment. Is it wandering? If so, where is it going? It is important to understand that our minds do wander, and by being aware of when it happens, we can bring ourselves back to the present moment.
A Harvard study found that people’s minds wander on average 47 per cent of the time, regardless of what they are doing (Killingsworth and Gilbert, 2010). Moreover, they found that mind-wandering causes people to feel unhappy.
Therefore, taking a moment to observe your thoughts can help you to bring your mind back to the present moment, and in turn feel happier.
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