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Learning To Practice Mindfulness In 2015

1441877_99658118 (Small)We live in a fast-paced world; one characterised by work, family, house chores, deadlines, you name it. In our effort to accomplish all the above, we can often lose touch with ourselves and tend to forget our feelings and surroundings.

It’s because of this that it’s important to take some time out. To just focus all our energies and attention on the current moment and learn to accept things as they are, without being quick to pass judgement.

How?

By practising mindfulness. Mindfulness has been scientifically proven to boost people’s happiness, physical and mental health, confidence and overall well-being.

As we start 2015, why not try to include mindfulness into your New Year’s resolution?

Your hunger to see things in your life as they really are, free from prejudice, moods or clouds of feelings can be realised if you learn to practice mindfulness.

But first you need to learn how to get it right.

The following are DIY steps that will help you start your mindfulness journey.

  1. Broaden Your Knowledge About Mindfulness

There are many resources online and offline that you can use to learn more about mindfulness. So if you’re unsure, read up about it – don’t just take our word for it. The benefits could change your life for the better.

And don’t worry, you don’t have to convert to Buddhism or even undergo meditation to accurately practice mindfulness (unless you want to!).

Instead, learn and understand its origins and uses so that you can know how best to practice it in your life.

The seventh element of the eightfold path to Buddhism is practising the right mindfulness. Learn to focus your mind on the present and concentrate on the affects it has on your mind as well as your body.

Somewhat strangely, you can do so much for your body and mind without doing much at all during mindful meditation.

  1. Practice Mindful Meditation on Your Own

One important aspect of mindfulness is that you don’t require a therapist. Just identify a noise-free place where you can focus your mind on the present moment for a period of time.

If your mind starts to drift, bring it back to the here and now. The best way to do this is by concentrating on your breathing. In and out. In and out.

Start with just ten minutes a day. But remember to do it daily and you’ll soon start seeing a whole new, more relaxed and stress-free you.

Forget the past and don’t worry about the future. Simply live in the here and now. That’s all that matters. You can’t change the past and you can’t fully predict what will happen tomorrow, next week or next year. So don’t bother trying.

Stay conscious of the now and be ready to release any thoughts that start to creep in. They’re just thoughts and their not real.

Only the ‘now’ is real.

  1. Learn to Breathe Right

Breathing is very important during mindfulness sessions.

Try breathing from deep within you. In and out. In and out. Feel each breathe coming from your belly, up through your ribs, into your chest, into your throat and out.

Another reason this helps is it focuses your mind on breathing alone. So when first starting out it’s a good idea to breathe in this manner. After a while it will become second nature and you can move on to more advanced mindfulness techniques.

  1. Mindfulness Outside Meditation

Learn to be fully aware of your body, your emotions and what’s going on around you at that time.

Live in the present. Take note of noises around you. Really look and people and situations without living in your head. Stop thinking about this mornings’ argument with your partner, or the meeting you have that afternoon and live in the now.

This will take you back to mindfulness in everyday scenarios as well. Helping you appreciate life so much more.

  1. Be Thankful

This is the last, but equally important step to practising mindfulness. Be thankful of being here, in this incredible world. You’ll be amazed at how you can easily see the beauty in things and people around you as you become more mindful of the present moment.

Trying out the above steps in 2015 will improve your mindfulness, which through ongoing practice will help you become a stronger, more confident person without being bogged down by things you simply can’t control.

But you can control your mind.

Give it a try and let us know how you get on.

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