Einstein once stated “We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.” Mindfulness cultivates a different perspective and a new way of thinking. Research is showing that mindfulness increases focus, problem solving, and logical thinking by allowing ourselves to focus on creative work with a clear, non-distracted mind.
Mindfulness seems to be a hard task for beginners. Our minds are continuously jumping around from thought to thought, from the past to the future. It seems unnatural and uncomfortable in modern society to live in the moment. It isn’t mainstream(yet!). It’s always more comfortable for us to follow the crowd then to stand out and go against the grain. That’s why one man, Thich Nhat Hanh, created an idea called “A day of Mindfulness”.
Although meditating is the best option, many people still don’t see the benefit of meditation. Many people have a bias against meditation. If you’re one of those people who still isn’t sure why to meditate then practice mindfulness instead.
The most important outcome of meditation is learning to be in the moment, but meditation isn’t the only way to do so. Even if you meditate, I’d bet you don’t do it for more than 25 minutes a day. Mindfulness is the other route. Mindfulness is simply being aware of the present moment no matter what situation you’re in. You can practice mindfulness every minute of every hour of every day. Being mindful isn’t hard at all, it’s just about remembering to do it.
Learn to be in the Moment
We spend our lives lost in thought, full of emotion, addicted to stimulus and more. Being in the moment solves all of this. So the next time you catch yourself lost in thought just gently relax into the moment.
What to do throughout your day
- Focus on the breathe, the sensations of breathing in and out.
- Hear to the sounds of the moment, simply let the sounds come to you.
- Feel the sensation of your feet on the ground, especially when you’re walking.
- Notice the physical sensations of your body, unpleasant sensations too!
- Notice the colors of everything around you.
Being in the moment simply means: Being aware of the everything around you. It means focusing on what is happening right here, right now, not rethinking the past or worrying about the future. Practicing mindfulness in your day to day life can change the way you live.
You can become happier, learn to control your emotions, lose your addictions, become focused, reduce stress and much more. Mindfulness is a habit to keep for the rest of your life. You won’t regret it.