Sometimes life feels too hard. Stress, anxiety, pressure and disappointment can swirl around us like a vortex. Surrounding us and caving in on all sides. Where do you go? Where can you run to find some relief, shelter and new sources of strength and resolve?
Well…there is a place you can go to find relief, and it’s very close by. You just need to open your eyes and look at it, listen to it. Feel it with your hands, and experience it with your senses. This place is called ‘the present moment’.
And that is essentially what mindfulness is all about…letting your thoughts and senses be fully present and engaged in the moment, without allowing your mind to wander to the past or the future.
Why is ‘being present’ beneficial?
Numerous studies show the benefits of mindfulness on mental and physical health. These benefits include:
How can I try it?
There are many techniques used to practice mindfulness, but the goal of all of these are always the same: To create a state of being in the present, by observing sights, sounds and sensations without judgement.
You can choose any daily task such as walking, eating, showering, exercising, washing dishes, playing with your child etc. to try out mindfulness. Here’s what to do along with your chosen activity:
The benefits of mindfulness meditation increase with the amount of time spent practicing it — the more you do it, the more positive an effect you can reap from it.
So give it a try. And may your worries be replaced by more inner peace and joy!
If you are depressed, you are living in the Past.
If you are anxious, you are living in the future.
If you are at peace you are living in the moment.