Mindful living

“Mindfulness is the energy of being aware and awake to the present moment. It is the continuous practice of touching life deeply in every moment of daily life. To be mindful is to be truly alive, present, and at one with those around you and with what you are doing. Through mindfulness, we can learn to live in the present moment instead of in the past and the future. Dwelling in the present moment is the only way to truly develop peace, both in one’s self and in the world.”  Tich Nhat Hanh

I try to reflect on these wonderful words of wisdom and on being more mindful throughout each day.

When I’m surrounded with the beautiful energy of mindfulness and stillness, everything is peaceful, everything is lovely. I’m relaxed. I feel good, and I like that. There’s no need to spoil my present enjoyment of life with thoughts and worries about the past and future. Nothing is worth more than being here and now, in the present. I love being in the moment of feeling good. It’s a sweet spot to be in.

Here is my proposition. Just for a minute, shift your perspective, and envision your life this day more slowly, with plenty of time for the things that matter most. Picture yourself calm and poised. Imagine that emotional and spiritual well-being is your top priority. Just align your attention to that. An immediate result of mindfulness is feeling less stressed. It is worthwhile appreciating life’s precious moments

Mindful living is the key to peace and happiness. It can help us cultivate awareness of the beauty of the present moment. It can help us get in touch with our inner selves and quietness. It can open the doors to our deepest needs and desires. Being mindful and joyful can be attained with ease and comfort.

The fantastic benefits of mindfulness include:

—support of good health and resilience

—reduction of stress

—calming of the mind

—improved sleep

—less reactivity and judgment

—better decision making

—more productivity in daily life

—boosted mental clarity

—diminished feelings of loneliness

—better mood

—awareness of thoughts and feelings 

—healthier eating

—motivation to exercise

—increased curiosity about life

Being mindful is the foundation for happiness. Being mindful means taking responsibility for what we say, think, and do. 

When I was introduced to the idea of mindful living, I applied it to my lifestyle. I do my best to focus moment to moment and be present with myself. I try to do my daily activities mindfully, one thing at a time. I do this whenever I remember. I don’t push it. I just enjoy it. It improves my mood quickly, and benefits my well-being with lasting positive results.

As I become more mindful, a new reality becomes my lifestyle. When I encounter an unpleasant situation, I pause and observe rather than reacting negatively. This makes me eager to interact with others, and I also feel better about myself. I make wiser choices throughout the day when it comes to how to eat, how to move, and how and where to take my breaks. It is especially helpful in situations where stress is high. 

I’ve been thinking about mindful living a lot. It seems fun, peaceful, and calm. Living mindfully and joyfully is spirituality in action. Spirituality is transformative. We can always choose our style of spirituality. It can include mindful meditation, a gratitude journal, and communing with nature.

If we do this personal work of focusing on the present moment, we will be pleasantly surprised and rewarded with good health and peace of mind. We can live mindfully and feel fantastic every day.

Any activity—like taking a walk or cooking—can be done mindfully. One way to achieve mindfulness is meditation, which is a spiritual practice that can involve focusing on a particular thought or object or just listening to the sounds of nature.

Buddhists have been talking about and practicing meditation for centuries. Their style of meditation teaches us how to find peace and emotional calm. It isn’t necessary to go on a retreat or to a monastery to learn to do it correctly, although it’s a great idea to get meditation training from professionals. It’s always available, and we can start mastering it right now. It just takes our willingness to believe in its benefits and to do it and to pay attention to the present moment. It’s enjoyable and simple to practice.

We can start a practice at any age, and do it in any environment. Many people turn to meditation to relieve stress and calm the mind. We can explore different styles of meditation and find one that’s truly ours.

Meditation can also improve our mental health. Many people complain about being depressed or anxious. These are common health concerns. Depression can hit when we brood on the past. Anxiety can visit when we fret about the future. Mental health, balance, and peace of mind hug and comfort us when we stay in the present. When we’re in the present, there’s nothing to fear or worry about. We can just be still and relish that moment. The peacefulness of the present moment erases anxiety and depression. Meditation is a natural therapy, and can be helpful in treating both anxiety and depression. It can naturally restore a calm and peaceful state of mind to support health and happiness.

Other conditions can also be treated with meditation, but one should always consult a doctor first.