Do you find yourself responding to everything emotionally? Are you have difficulties enjoying your life? Do you feel that you are pulled first one direction and then another with no time for yourself? If so, you could certainly benefit from putting into practice mindful practices that may change your life. To be mindful means to live in the present, paying full attention to the very thing that is going on at any given moment. It is similar to meditation in that you need to ignore worries about something that just happened, or an upcoming event. Whatever you are doing, be totally and fully present to it. By doing so, you will find yourself responding to life with a much more even temperament.
1. Know When to Unplug. Turn off the cell phone. When you are spending time with loved ones, don’t try to surreptitiously look at your phone under the table. Everyone knows what you’re doing and they’re upset that you aren’t paying attention to the conversation you’re pretending to have with them. Spending mindful time face-to-face with people is a treasure beyond measure. Start unplugging for meals, when you are in the car with a friend or loved one. Then extend your unplugged periods. Perhaps see if the entire family can unplug for a whole day, a whole weekend. It wasn’t so long ago that cell coverage was sporadic enough that you could go for an entire week’s vacation in a remote area and not be in touch via cell phone for seven glorious days. The first few times, you may experience nervousness because being plugged in 24/7 is a habit and when we try to break a habit, it’s hard. But after you discover that you can unplug for extended periods of time your life will be much happier.
2. Mindful People Let Themselves Feel Both Positive and Negative Emotions. Yes, when you have fabulous experiences it feels wonderful to relive those emotions. But a mindful person puts less focus on only positive emotions as this can be counterproductive. Life moves in ebbs and swells, not every day is filled with fabulous experiences. By only focusing only on happy experiences we can tend to feel increasingly dissatisfied with our lives when we have more mundane experiences. A key to dealing with negative emotions is the use of humor as this helps to improve our ability to cope. Laughter frequently lightens our mood, helping us to look at the situation in a slightly different light.
3. Mindful People Make Room For Meditation In Their Lives. Mindfulness and meditation frequently go hand in hand and both activities have been proven to improve our health by reducing stress, anxiety, and feelings of sadness and depression. Learning to be in the present moment is one of the keys to living a life filled with satisfaction.