Mindfulness is paying attention to the present moment, having no judgement of others and having appreciation. Having this peace of mind creates clarity, balance, and awareness of the world around you and makes your reality so much more vivid.
We all want to be the best versions of ourselves and mindfulness can be the perfect step to reach this. This is something I have always aspired to be, the best version of myself - yet it seem so hard to get there. Many moments I have taken a step back, disliking my actions, wishing I didn't say the words which slipped out of my mouth. Without mindfulness, these actions won't go away easily, you must be completely in the present and conscious of your actions and the people around you. The past and memories can be hard to swallow, and of course, it's not realistic to erase these moments from your mind but focusing on the present creates a whole new perspective on what matters the most; your family, friends, the world. Be thankful and you will soon feel more centred, your awareness will broaden and your whole perspective of the world will change. I believe that focusing on the present is something I need to do more, being mindful is such a simple concept yet so many of us just forget to be mindful, so here's a little reminder.
Little changes we can make to become more mindful
It's often we find ourselves rushing for no reason, life can put a lot of pressure on you and throw you off balance. I always find myself rushing through various tasks, when really there is no need - just take your time and find enjoyment in what you're doing.
Just slow down
Put down the camera and phone
I am the biggest hypocrite here as once food arrives in front of me - yep there I go, snapping away. Actually taking our time and placing all of our attention on the food and the person in front of us, well, it's living in the moment. Savour the food and appreciate every delicious second of it.
Conscious breathing is a big one
When you listen to your body you will become more centered, your awareness will increase and your anxieties will decrease. Those negative thoughts will soon flutter away as you are becoming connected with your body and mind.
Don't judge a book by its cover
It's one we all know well but do we really live up to this? Probably not. People can seem unapproachable but make sure you are willing to give them a chance, you don't know what someone is going through so be kind and don't judge. Get to know them, acknowledge all of their positivity and you may discover many of their wonderful qualities. You never know, you may end up being bffls for life.
Don't get stuck in a rut
We usually end up in a certain routine, this can become monotonous and can definitely cause negative emotions in the long term. Switching things up can make a world of difference, maybe go for more walks or join that class you have had your eye on.
Appreciate those around you, always say goodbye before you leave the house, tell the people you love that you love them. Appreciate everything you have, appreciate the little things; the flowers on your doorstep, the lady who waves to you every morning or that digestive you're about to dip in your tea.
Most of all, remind yourself to be mindful.
Quotes I love
Get out of your head and get into your heart. Think less, feel more - Osho
You have a treasure within you that is infinitely greater than anything the world can offer - Eckhart Tolle
Paradise is not a place; it's a state of consciousness - Sri Chinmoy
A brief pause will help you make a smarter next move - Peter Bergman
There's nothing special about the present moment except that it's all we have - Dean Slutyer
This is a wonderful day. I've never seen this one before - Maya Angelou
We can always begin again - Jack Kornfield
From this moment on, I will be reminding myself to be more mindful; will you be joining me?