What does mindfulness mean? Mindfulness means being aware of your mental and physical state, your feelings and thoughts. Mindfulness is a concept able to improve your quality of life, reduce anxiety and depression, make you happy. A lot of life problems can be solved by practicing mindfulness. When you master it, you’ll be able to see life and reality in general free from illusions.
How to practice mindfulness:
- Judge less
- Don’t try to change others
- Stop trying to control everything
- Stop thinking that you know other people’s thoughts
- Treat others not as bad as they are, but as good as you are
- Don’t cling to the past
- Don’t live in the future
- Don’t compare yourself to others
- Don’t follow other people’s dreams
- Work to become, not to acquire
- Enjoy the little things
- Listen to what your body is telling you
- Ignore bad or terrifying news, TV series, movies
- Understand what you want
- Get rid of expectations
- Don’t push yourself
- Do what you like
- Don’t do what you don’t like
- Spend less time on social media and reading news
- Spend more time reading books
- Spend more time on self-education
- Don’t overthink or exaggerate
- Let go of situations and people
- Put your mental and physical health first
- Give others what you would like to have yourself: tip, donate, love selflessly
- Care for animals and environment
- Never avenge
- Don’t lie
- Trust the Universe
Now let’s discuss how to practice mindfulness in more detail:
If you constantly judge others, you’ll learn to judge yourself. This will cause anxiety as you will start thinking that other people judge you. But the truth is that other people may not have this issue, so they don’t judge you. It turns out that it’s your mind that judges you, not other people.
Don’t try to change others
It’s impossible to make a person, who doesn’t want it genuinely, change. You either accept people as they are or leave them.
Stop trying to control everything
You have no control over people and situations. You are not God. You have to learn to accept the life as it is.
Stop thinking that you know other people’s thoughts
You can’t put yourself in someone else’s shoes because you will always be subjective. It’s human nature. Everyone has a unique mindset and comes from a different background, so you can never totally understand another person.
Treat others not as bad as they are, but as good as you are
If it’s too difficult, at least don’t harm others. Don’t spoil your karma.
Don’t cling to the past
Past is just a memory. There is no use spending time wandering in the past. It will not change your future.
Don’t live in the future
Live in the here-and-now. Focus on the present moment, on the action you’re doing at the moment. If you often live in the future, in your dream life, you’ll miss your entire life and maybe never even reach your dream life.
Don’t compare yourself to others
Everyone is going through life at their own pace. Someone may become a CEO at 25 but die at 50, while someone else may become a CEO at 50 and die at 90. Sometimes it’s better to be a live dog, than a dead lion. However, don’t get me wrong, I don’t mean that all successful people die young. I mean that everyone has their own path and their own destiny. Maybe if you knew more about the lives of people you compare yourself to, you wouldn’t want to live their lives.
Don’t follow other people’s dreams
Maybe some of the things you want to achieve or acquire aren’t necessary for you. Social media has a lot of influence on our lives nowadays. Learn to distinguish your real dreams from those imposed on you as this will save you not only time and money but also make you happier.
Work to become, not to acquire
If you only work to buy new stuff, you’ll never get enough. When you understand that you’ve never actually lived the way you wanted – it may be too late.
Enjoy the little things
Best things in life are free. Try to find joy in everything you do: in watching the rain, in walks in nature, in your morning coffee, in time you spend with your family, in playing with your dog, etc. Be grateful for what you have. You may want to read the article on how gratitude can change your life.
Listen to what your body is telling you
Don’t ignore it if it’s tired or sleepy, or needs a day off. If you’re ignoring signals your body is sending you, you may be ignoring a serious problem.
Ignore bad or terrifying news, TV series, movies
There’s a lot of violence in this world. But what’s the point in reading bad news and then watching a series about murders or listening to bad stories that happened to people you don’t know? Being aware of news is not your responsibility, especially if you can do nothing to help or change the situation. Take care of your mental health instead.
Understand what you want
Identify your priorities so that you don’t find yourself following someone else’s dreams.
Get rid of expectations
Best is the enemy of the good. When you have a lot of expectations, most of which are unrealistic, as you can’t control people and situations, you’ll end up feeling rather disappointed than happy.
Don’t push yourself
Give yourself time to relax. Don’t push yourself to do something you’re not ready to do yet. One day as you grow through life, you will be ready.
Do what you like
Do what makes you happy and follow your dreams.
Don’t do what you don’t like
Try not to do what you don’t like. Of course, sometimes you just have to be responsible. However, in some cases people agree to do something they don’t like because they can’t say no or they think they are not good enough for doing what they like. If you hate your job – search for another one asap. Life is too short to put up with and get used to something you don’t like.
Spend less time on social media and reading news
Whatever surrounds us, creates or changes our mindset. When you spend much time on social media, it affects the way you perceive reality. Your priorities in life can change in line with what’s popular in society. Moreover, because of social media, you may start feeling anxious, inferior or superior, angry or even develop a depression. Don’t lose your own path while following someone else’s dreams.
News is not important unless it directly affects your life. Also, you have no control over reality. So, reading bad news is just pointless. Reading bad news can lead to stress and anxiety. As a result, you’ll feel unhappy.
And don’t forget that you attract the kind of energy you radiate. You may attract what you fear.
Spend more time reading books
Talented authors can teach you great things as well as give answers to your questions or even change your mindset. Don’t resist change if it’s a positive one. Check out my list of 20 best must-read books of all time for what to read next.
Spend more time on self-education
You never know which of your skills will come in handy in several years. You never know where your life may take you.
Don’t overthink or exaggerate
Most “problems” are actually much smaller and much more insignificant than what we imagine them to be. Do not attach too much value to words and situations. Focus on what you’re doing in the present moment. Always do your best. Do whatever you can, but if you can’t do something due to some reasons beyond your control, then there’s no point in overthinking.
Let go of situations and people
Neither situations nor people can affect you if you don’t let them. Only your present has real influence on your life. Trust the Universe. Everything happens for a reason. Learn your lessons well and you’ll become stronger and happier.
Put your mental and physical health first
There is nothing more precious than health. Without health, physical and what’s even more important – mental, it’s difficult to lead a happy life, build healthy relationships, and become successful. Remember: “What you think – you become. What you feel –you attract. What you imagine – you create.”
If your mind is constantly wandering in the past, future, if you can’t stop this flow of thoughts, if you feel anxious, if you suffer from social anxiety – meditate at least 15 minutes a day to reduce stress. With music or without (whatever is best for you), just sit comfortably or lay down if you want, be calm, breathe in and out and watch your breathing. Focus on the here-and-now: breathing or the sounds around you. Don’t try to stop your flow of thoughts, just watch them pass by. Soon you will realize that most of your worries exist only in your mind and they don’t matter.
Give others what you would like to have yourself: tip, donate, love selflessly
Everything in this world is energy. Give others the kind of energy you’d like to receive in your life. If you want to be rich – be generous, not stingy. If you want to be loved – give your love selflessly without expecting the same kind of love in return. Don’t be jealous, don’t be anxious and clingy. You’ll never miss or lose something or someone that has something to do with your destiny.
Take care of animals and environment
While people have all means to help themselves, animals and environment need our protection. Taking care of animals and environment is one of not many meaningful things in life. Also, it gives positive emotions.
If someone hurts you, never avenge. Remember that karma has no deadline. That person will get their payback anyway and you don’t want any negative karma for yourself.
Lying can only turn a small problem into a huge one. If you want to live a mindful life, be honest even if the truth is bitter.
Trust the Universe
The Universe has a plan for everyone. You don’t know it, and you can’t change it on purpose. All you have control over is yourself. Improve yourself, practice mindfulness and let the Universe do its job.
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