The power of Mindfulness


Iqra Rasheed Sial
It is essentially non-judgmental present moment awareness. It’s simply being where you are. Grounding yourself in your body and choosing to let thoughts naturally pass instead of getting caught up in them. It’s a great practice any time of the day, but particularly in the morning, since it enables you to create the kind of energy you want to take into the tasks and interactions ahead of you. What is mindfulness? M – Moment to moment attention I – in the here and now N – Non judgmental attitude D – Detach from unhealthy thoughts F – Forgive and be grateful U – Unconditional acceptance L – Learn with childlike mindset Why to be mindful? This is very common amongst the people I psychologist, and I in my own experience as well. We are often judged on a previous chapter of our lives. This especially applies to those of us who have been through the “dark night of the soul”. As we awaken, we take on a different persona because we have changed at a deeper level. We have to try the importance of non judgmental and present moment connection. be mindful, pause and connect. hen we meditate we venture into the workings of our minds: our sensations (air blowing on our skin or a harsh smell wafting into the room), our emotions (love this, hate that, crave this, loathe that) and thoughts (wouldn’t it be weird to see an elephant playing a trumpet). How to be mindful? Presence of mind is really a state of no mind. You can call it mindfulness or awareness. The only way to be mindful is to be here (space) and now ( time), neither in the past, nor in the future. Watching is the key of mindfulness as witness without being involved. As you watch slowly the mind becomes empty of thoughts and its traffic reduces but you are not falling asleep and are becoming more alert, aware and mindful. Following techniques can be very helpful to be mindful: Live in the moment. Try to intentionally bring an open, accepting and discerning attention to everything you do. Find joy in simple pleasures. Accept yourself. Treat yourself the way you would treat a good friend.  kind to your wandering mind. Don’t judge yourself for whatever thoughts crop up, just practice recognizing when your mind has wandered off, and gently bring it back.Be careful about your diet: diet is not only what you eat but all that we receive from outside to inside through our five senses, so be aware of eating in a peaceful environment. practice mindfulness every day for about six months. Over time, you might find that mindfulness becomes effortless. Think of it as a commitment to reconnecting with and nurturing yourself.


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