When I hear the word “mindful,” I immediately think of mindfulness — the practice of being present and being aware by sitting still and focusing on the breath. I also think of dissociation, the complete opposite of being mindful. Unfortunately, many of us practice or are inadvertently more involved in the latter.
Technology plays a large role in not only disconnecting us from the moment but from people as well. Many people spend a large amount of time on Instagram, Facebook, and on-line shopping websites and, the list goes on.
There is pleasure derived from the use of technology, which is why we all engage in it. However, when technology becomes a problem (e.g. complaints from loved ones), we must examine what makes us want to escape.
Accepting reality takes courage and serenity. For example, I can be mindful that I may not like everything going on around me, but I can choose to accept the moment or situation for what it is.
So, what are the benefits of living mindfully? Well, for one, tranquility and locus of control. When one is not living in the present, meaning thinking about the past or rehearsing the future, people become anxious because they do not feel in control.
Most of us like to feel or think that we have some control over our lives. Practicing mindfulness gives us just that. One way that we can lead a mindful life is to practice gratitude. Identifying the good things that we do have in our lives helps us live and deal with our present life situations with a positive attitude.
Many apps and groups teach mindfulness techniques. They are a great way to practice, but in the end, it all points to the same thing: learning to live in the moment one day at a time.
QUOTE FOR THE WEEK
“My serenity or peace is directly related to how present I can be.” – Mirta Pont