According to history books and as per thousands of years of tradition, Buddhists mediate to decipher the meaning of life and understand themselves and their connections to all beings. By doing so, they strive to be freed from pain and finally achieve awareness.
In recent times, researchers have studied the possible benefits of practicing this generations old tradition, they suggested that mindful meditation pays attention to our present experiences and embraces them without judgment which could allow us to feel happier.
Mindfulness affects many aspects of our psychological well-being—improving our mood, increasing positive emotions, and decreasing our anxiety, emotional reactivity, and job burnout.
Choosing and Eating Food Mindfully
When was the last time you truly cherished a meal? That’s comprehensible. Since we all have busy routines, food has just been a passing and this leads us to lower our standards to consuming fast foods that have a dominantly negative health impact. Instead, I encourage you to try slowing down, making food yourself, and eating purposefully.
As an additional point, so many of us bring distractions to the table. Some people watch TV, others read, and some might not be able to put down their smartphone. It might seem like a good way to pass the time when you eat, but you are missing the chance to be mindful and truly enjoy the meal.
The Outdoor Environment
Another way to obtain mindfulness would be to spend a little time outside, and you don't need to go to a far-off resort to achieve the desired effects. All you need to do is go for a stroll in your neighbourhood. If you have some nice trails, parks, or green spaces, they can make the perfect environment for getting in touch with nature and for connecting with the present moment. Enjoy the nature while you take a stroll, observe your walk, absorb the weather and the sound of wind and birds chirping.
Avoid Multitasking where Possible
I used to think that it was efficient to take on as many tasks as I could. It is almost intuitive to believe that it is better to do more at once, but it is not true. By dividing your attention up for multiple tasks, you are not giving any of them the attention that they need. Studies also demonstrate that multitasking raises the probability of errors as it takes longer than completing the tasks individually.
Take one task at a time and put your focus on the task at hand. Take a brief break when you are finished and then tackle the next task. It is a more relaxed and productive way to get things done, and the efficiency will likely improve.
Be Physically Active
It is easiest to be mindful when we are doing something that we enjoy and which requires the attention of the body and mind. For instance, fishing, cycling, dancing or jogging. If you lose your mindfulness while engaging in these activities, it can mean a missed goal or getting rolled around in a breaking wave. By finding an activity you enjoy, you can spend time completely engaged which can teach you how to carry that mindfulness into other areas of your life.
When you are more mindful and in the present, you will feel like you have gained a new sort of control over your life. It will help you to find an overall happiness that isn’t so haunting.