How to Feel Calmer Anywhere, All Day, With Mindfulness

Mindful meditation is a form of meditation that differs from others, in that the objective is not to completely empty your mind. Rather, the aim, in this case, is to allow thoughts to occur, but just not to let them affect you. You are to become emotionally detached from your thoughts and instead simply ‘observe them like clouds. But mindfulness is not just a form of meditation – it’s also a whole approach to life. Mindfulness simply means being mindful of your thoughts – knowing the contents of your head. Noticing how you react to different things that happen, and how you could be happier by thinking differently. You can therefore be mindful all the time. And a perfect example might be while taking a walk. Instead of having your head in the clouds worrying about things, or just staring blankly forward, be mindful and take the time to appreciate your surroundings and enjoy the beauty of your view, or the way you feel right now. Eventually, with practice, you can become more mindful and more ‘present’ no matter what you are doing, instead of feeling overwhelmed or busy. Take this one step further, and you can turn any activity into a form of meditation. Meditation is simply focusing. So, if you are 100% focussed on what you are doing, then you are meditating. This is where the notion of ‘mindful washing up’ comes from. Here, you are being fully mindful while you do the dishes – normally by focussing your attention on them fully. That in turn allows you to turn that activity into meditation – you are washing the bubbles on the plate and feeling the water on your hands. And instead of thinking about anything else, you are simply watching that happen and feeling it. You are 100% present, 100% focussed, and your mind is not on your troubles. Not only does this help you to become calmer and more at peace, but it means you can learn skills that will help you to endure even the dullest of tasks. Better yet, it means you can enhance your focus and ability to concentrate on a task. As though all that wasn’t enough incentive – the dishes will be sparkling clean! So, whatever your task, remember to think about where your head is at. Then simply choosing to focus on that thing, can have profound benefits.

How to Feel Calmer Anywhere, All Day, With Mindfulness

Mindful meditation is a form of meditation that differs from others, in that the objective is not to completely empty your mind. Rather, the aim, in this case, is to allow thoughts to occur, but just not to let them affect you.

You are to become emotionally detached from your thoughts and instead simply ‘observe them like clouds.

But mindfulness is not just a form of meditation – it’s also a whole approach to life.

Mindfulness simply means being mindful of your thoughts – knowing the contents of your head. Noticing how you react to different things that happen, and how you could be happier by thinking differently.

You can therefore be mindful all the time. And a perfect example might be while taking a walk. Instead of having your head in the clouds worrying about things, or just staring blankly forward, be mindful and take the time to appreciate your surroundings and enjoy the beauty of your view, or the way you feel right now.

Eventually, with practice, you can become more mindful and more ‘present’ no matter what you are doing, instead of feeling overwhelmed or busy.

Take this one step further, and you can turn any activity into a form of meditation. Meditation is simply focusing. So, if you are 100% focussed on what you are doing, then you are meditating.

This is where the notion of ‘mindful washing up’ comes from. Here, you are being fully mindful while you do the dishes – normally by focussing your attention on them fully. That in turn allows you to turn that activity into meditation – you are washing the bubbles on the plate and feeling the water on your hands. And instead of thinking about anything else, you are simply watching that happen and feeling it. You are 100% present, 100% focussed, and your mind is not on your troubles.

Not only does this help you to become calmer and more at peace, but it means you can learn skills that will help you to endure even the dullest of tasks. Better yet, it means you can enhance your focus and ability to concentrate on a task.

As though all that wasn’t enough incentive – the dishes will be sparkling clean!

So, whatever your task, remember to think about where your head is at. Then simply choosing to focus on that thing, can have profound benefits.