Practising Mindfulness

Breathe and step back

There exists a very powerful Zen proverb which I love immensely.  It goes like this: “If you don’t have time to meditate for an hour every day, you should meditate for two hours”.  It really hits the nail on the head.  We spend our lives over committing ourselves so much to so many things that we are always in a rat race and we do not know when to switch off.  For example, there are people who wake up and start reading their mails.  There are also those who spend their nights thinking about work and send late mails, shower and think about work, drive and think about work, be with their kids and think about other things. You do so many things but none of them are appreciated well or lived fully.  You are always tense and think that you can’t afford to rest because something might happen or you are missing on something.

Is that really the life you want to live?   Pretty dull, I would say. You see, I have done these things too and hit the brick wall, felt lonely and unsupported.  It’s during those times, when you bite the dust that you actually have a shift in perception.  Well, you are forced to because your relationships suffer, your health takes a punch and your self-esteem shatters. What if the whole point of life was never about acquiring more things?  You are going to leave everything on earth when you die anyway.  What’s the whole point of constantly chasing things?  Over commitment to anything isn’t good either.  You can’t perform at an optimum level when you are overworked.  It’s as simple as that.  The best decisions are taken when you can be calm and creative.  What if life was meant to be lived by fully appreciating our actions, discovering our calm nature and creating a better environment for ourselves and others?  People will remember a helping hand, a positive influence rather than your social status, your bank account or the car you drive.

What do we do from here?

Ways to incorporate Mindfulness in our daily lives

If you have a week packed with too many activities, you need to declutter.  Take off activities which do not contribute positively to your health and create space.  If you don’t manage your stress, your stress will manage you.

Simple things you can start doing can be the following:

  1.  Expressing gratitude

We can be grateful for many things we have.  Legs that carry us, fresh air to breathe, good friends, a work that helps us to feed ourselves, the ability to see, feel and hear.  Just being alive fills us with happiness.  Happiness is a state of mind.  Don’t try to find it outside of yourself.

2    Enjoying your coffee

Take some minutes every day to enjoy your coffee at work or home and do nothing but just drink the coffee.  Do not check your mails on the phone or read messages when you take your coffee break.  Just close your eyes and drink.  Taste every single drop.  Hold in the mouth for some time and swallow.  Breathe deeply, Sip, hold in your mouth and swallow again.  It will change your whole experience.

  •  Deep breathing

Have a deep breathing and relaxation routine everyday as explained in an earlier article about correct breathing.

  •  Unplugging from your routine

Unplug from your routine by turning off the phone, stepping away from the computer and taking a walk in nature.  The body and the mind is linked.  The body feels good when you breathe fresh air and exercise and the mind automatically calms itself at the same time.

  •  Visualizing

Close your eyes and visualize your goals of the week or the day after your relaxation routine.  Feel your full potential inside yourself and see great things happening to you before you actually start off your day.  The mindset of a winner is very important before we start anything.

I hope this has helped a bit,

Lots of love and blessings,

Geerish.

Published by Geerish

I have graduated with a degree is Statistics with Computer Science. I did a Masters in Education at the University of Southern Queensland with a major in Managing and leading organisations. Along the way, I trained to be a MBSR practitioner and did my teacher training as a yoga teacher. I spent time sitting with a Soto Zen group during my practice. Hence, I have a soto Zen influence to my teachings. I now teach Mindfulness sessions during week ends and see people on a 1-1 basis for different things.

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