Mindfulness: Finding Peace in the Present Moment
Mindfulness is the practice of being present and fully engaged in the current moment, without judgment
or distraction. Being Here Now. This simple concept can have a profound impact on our well-being,
helping us to feel more grounded, centered, and peace in the moment. Learning the art of
mindfulness will enhance your ability to stay focused on every day. At times when you are feeling
overwhelmed you can find calmness by bringing your focus back to your breath, finding your center.
Here are a few tips for incorporating mindfulness into your daily life:
1) Find a quiet space: To practice mindfulness, it is helpful to find a quiet, peaceful space where you can be alone and free from distractions. This might be a dedicated meditation space, a quiet place in your home, or even a quiet safe place in nature. If your home is a busy place, try looking for places that offers group meditation. A few years back I offered my home for a space for people to come and meditate. It was a great experience to share with others on their journey to mindfulness My special spot is in the car while I am waiting for the car to charge, I know I have 30 minutes of quiet time to myself. The important thing is to find a space where you feel comfortable and can relax.
2) Set aside a regular time for mindfulness practice: If possible clear a regular time in your daily schedule to meditate. It is important to set aside a daily regular time to practice your mindfulness, the benefits of doing this will be greater for you. A good habit to get into is taking the time first thing in the morning. it’s a great way to start your day and can benefit you all through the day. Other good options could be before bed, or during your lunch break. By setting aside a regular time for mindfulness, you are more apt to make it a habit and you will get the most benefit out of your practice.
3) Focus on your breath: One of the simplest and most effective ways to practice mindfulness is by focusing on your breath. Your breath will bring you back to your center, bringing your mind into the space of what is happening in your body right now. To do this, simply sit comfortably and close your eyes, take two big breaths, in and out. Then bring your attention to the sensation of your breath moving in and out of your body. If your mind wanders – and it will – just notice it and gently bring it back to your breath. Slow breath in, hold, long breath out, repeat. Focusing on your breath will cultivate a sense of calm and clarity.
4) Notice your thoughts and feelings: As you practice mindfulness, you will likely notice your mind is constantly racing with thoughts and emotions. This is completely normal your mind is used to continuously chattering to you. Meditation is about quieting the mind, learning to have control over your thoughts and giving your mind a rest. Simply notice these thoughts and emotions without getting caught up in the story. When a thought or emotion arises, acknowledge it and let it go, then bring your attention back to your breath. Your mind will be thankful for the peace and quiet.
5) Accept things as they are: The practice of mindfulness allows you to start accepting things the way they are. You don’t need to change them or control them, in this moment you can just gently let them go. Be here now. This sounds easier then it is, I assure you it is a skill that is well worth learning. By accepting things as they are, we can find a sense of peace. You deserve to have peace in your life, let go of the struggle.
6) Be kind to yourself: Often we are kinder to others then ourselves. It is important to be kind and compassionate toward yourself as you practice mindfulness. This means acknowledging and accepting your own feelings and experiences without judgment or criticism. I think it is a good practice to let go of criticism and judgment of others as well as yourself. By being kind to yourself, you can cultivate a sense of self-acceptance and self compassion that can help to give you a sense of peace and well-being. By incorporating mindfulness into your daily life, you can find peace and calm in the present moment regardless of what challenges you are facing. Be open to learning the art of mindfulness, it will have a positive impact on your life.
Wendy’s words for you…..
It has been my pleasure to write this blog for you. I am sure you will find this very helpful in many situations throughout your life. In the past when I was overwhelmed with emotion I would end up crying. I found this so frustrating and it certainly didn’t give the message that I was a confident person. Working on mindfulness has certainly helped me feel in control of myself.
My wish is this helps you to start using mindfulness as a daily practice to enhance your life and sense of well being. Focusing on your breath to bring you into the present moment is a very good practice it will help you get control of yourself during stressful times. Deep breathing will help you let go of the emotion that is taking control of you bringing you back to a state of calmness so you are able to function without losing your power. And we can all use more power.
Enjoy your mindfulness journey