What is being mindful? Mindfulness is being aware of your thoughts and actions throughout your day. The aim of being mindful is to not allow your thoughts to control you but for you to have awareness about your thoughts. It so often happens that the day passes by and you have focused most of your attention on things that have happened in the past or are thinking about things that are going to happen in the future and are missing out on what is going on in the present moment. Bringing your awareness to the present moment offers so much more then you could imagine.
Most often depression stems from situations or events that happened in the past. Anger, resentment or guilt about those events and experiences and not being able to let them go or heal and forgive yourself and the people who have hurt you, and Anxiety stems from a fear about what is going to happen in the future and how it is going to happen.
If you learn to control these thoughts and be present with each moment just as it is, you will find that you will stop living in the past and the future and live in the now, being present with each moment just as it is. Once you can be more in the present moment you will have more clarity and peace of mind to live each day in a more relaxed and serene state.
These tools can assist with practicing mindfulness
- Meditation is a great form of quietening the mind, this can be done by sitting quietly and focusing on your breathing and reflecting within, feeling each breath and becoming aware of different parts of your body or focusing on your third eye (this is the area in between your eyebrows)
- Spend five minutes when you wake up on positive thinking and deep breathing, this will help to centre you and prepare you for your day ahead
- Bringing your awareness to the present moment when you’re waiting in line at a bank, post office or supermarket, doing daily chores in the house, driving or any other activity that you have to do throughout your day will also help to centre you and quieten your mind
- Practice the attitude of gratitude, before going to bed each night think of three things that you are grateful for, including things that have happened throughout your day, this will change your thoughts from negative to positive, especially when it’s done before you sleep as it will attract a more peaceful sleep and invite a more positive day ahead of you.
Alternatively you can attend a Meditation class, listen to a Guided Meditation CD, join a yoga group or Receive Reiki Treatments to balance your energies and clear away negative emotions that you have been carrying for far too long.