Have you ever been on automatic pilot. Your waking routine, the journey to work, the school run? We dont pay attention to what we are doing in our daily life, too wrapped up in something that has happened, or something we will do in the future. When I work with people on how to be mindful this is often where we start, encouraging them to pay more attention to our everyday tasks, focusing on the now rather than the potential unhelpful thinking that comes from past or future focus.
In Eckhart Tolles book The Power of Now he says that a mind that thinks in terms of the past or future isn’t always helpful – being mindful we can be more impartial and objective about our lives. If there are two modes of thinking, doing and being then ‘doing’ is about problem solving and achieving, which can leave us feeling stressed and anxious. We need to balance this with ‘being’, focusing in the here and now, accepting things as they are, taking the pressure off ourselves.
“Mindfulness is awareness that arises through paying attention, on purpose, in the present moment, non-judgementally. It’s about knowing what is on your mind.” Jon Kabat-Zinn
Benefits of Mindfulness
Studies have some some very significant benefits for being more mindful. Individuals tend to be:
More emotionally controlled
Not a bad set of adjectives to describe a resilient and Limitless person. Mindfulness studies have also shown that this practice can actually change your brain. After eight weeks of practice particpants in one study were show to have developed the parts of the mind that encourage focus, learning and memory, at the same time developing the areas that support emotional regulation and empathy.
How to be mindful
When we talk about how to be mindful people will often ask as what is the difference between meditation? Meditation is a formal way of being mindful but we don’t need to have such formal mechanisms to bring a little mindfulness into our lives. There are blogs, online courses, workshops, apps, in fact a whole range of tools out there to help you develop mindfulness. Just 10 minutes focus a day will soon help you to benefit from the attributes mentioned above,
But if I was to give one piece of advice to you I would say this, slow down and use all of your senses in everything you do. As Einstein said “I have no special talent, I am only passionately curious” and it is that curiosity and appreciation for your life in its infinite variety that will that will ground you in the moment and allow you to experience it fully. Then rather than walking around with a full mind you will be…
in the moment
For more information about Mindfulness and Resilience click here for the Limitless for Life website or contact Alison Burgess on 07931 556 167.