If I were to pass on anything to next generation, it’s just being an independent thinker.
A particular way of focusing on the present moment without judgment.
There are two pillars of mindfulness: awareness and wisdom. Training mindfulness builds awareness of your thoughts, emotions, physiology and environment. Deeper awareness of your experience in the present moment can lead to insight and wisdom.
Mindfulness is a practice that has been around for thousands of years. The scientific findings are incredibly compelling, ranging from positive changes in a variety of behaviors, thinking patterns, emotional responsiveness, sleep quality, enhanced mood, decreased fatigue and even being able to perform better in environments of consequence. While there’s no widely accepted “best time” to train mindfulness, one line of thought is to utilize the science around habit formation. Develop your new habit when you have the most available will power. For most people, this happens in the morning. It’s really about finding what works best for you.
There is no right or wrong way when it comes to training mindfulness. Some days it might feel peaceful, and you may feel calm after your practice and other days it might feel like you went through ten rounds of a knockout fight in your own head. The point is not to get to “no thoughts” – our thoughts never really stop flowing. The point of mindfulness training is to increase your awareness of your inner world and your environment. That’s why training to focus and refocus on the present moment, without judgment, is at the center of this training. So, rather than entertaining all of the thoughts that you are aware of, you can acknowledge them and move on nonjudgmentally, to refocus your mind back to the present moment.
Stack your mindfulness training with an already existing habit by using the following formula: “Immediately after I _____ (fill in the blank), I will do ______ (fill in the blank).”. For example: “Immediately after I brush my teeth, I will do 12 minutes of mindfulness.”
Be consistent. The best thing that you can do for yourself when training is to have a solid, reliable practice.
If 8 – 20 minutes seems daunting, try doing 100 deep breaths spread out throughout the day.
Do you have a current mindfulness or meditation practice?
Are you aware of how your thoughts work? How they work with your emotions?
Do you have the skills to adjust to thoughts and emotions?