A Mindful Life is a Happy Life
More and more the world is getting used to hearing the phrase Mindfulness. Some people may think it is some new found “woke” phenomenon, however it has its roots from long ago in Buddhist meditation. So is Mindfulness a form of meditation? Sort of....
Differences between Meditation and Mindfulness
Meditation is more of an intentional affair where time is needed to sit down and take the time out to specifically concentrate on the practise itself. Starting with being aware of your breathing and then guiding the mind to a single point of focus is a common technique. Meditation can be done alone or guided by another person. Guided Meditation is one of the techniques we use in Guided Mind Clearance.
3 Examples of Meditation:
- Mindful Meditation – The most popular type of Meditation in the West. In Mindful Meditation the practitioner pays attention to the thoughts that pass through our mind.
- Focussed Meditation – This is a type of Meditation where the practitioner specifically focuses on one of their five senses.
- Transcendental Meditation – The most practised form of Meditation worldwide. Practitioners Meditate using Mantra’s specific to them or a specific subject they would like to focus on.
Although having roots in Meditation, Mindfulness is all about being aware in the present. In Mindfulness we are actively engaging, but can do it at anytime, anywhere and during whatever we happen to be doing at the time. It can as a form of Medication also be done seated and formally, but is super handy as an exercise as it can be used at any time.
3 Examples of Mindfulness
- Paying attention and being fully present on what you are doing at the exact specific time. Being in the Now.
- Specifically paying attention to your thoughts, behaviours, feelings and movements.
- Being aware of those around you, and the effects your actions has on them.
“A wondering mind is an unhappy mind”
Harvard psychologists Matthew Killingsworth and Daniel Gilbert conducted a study using a “track your happiness” iPhone App to gather research across 2,250 volunteers. At random intervals the volunteers were asked how happy they were, what they were currently doing, and whether they were thinking about their current activity or something else that was pleasant, neutral or unpleasant.
The conclusion was that 46.9% of the Volunteers waking hours was spent on something other than what they were doing... effectively Mindlessness. Therefore Mindlessness can be a norm in terms of state of mind. Whilst not focussing on the current task and not in a Mindful state it was found that people tend to focus on:
- The Past (Regret Mode)
- The Future (Worry Mode)
By focussing on “should haves” and “what ifs” Killingsworth and Gilbert established that “The ability to think about what is not happening is a cognitive achievement that comes at an emotional cost”.
Therefore if it is proven that people are happier in a state of Mindfulness then Mindlessness what can we do to practise being in a Mindful state...
3 tips to Practise Mindfulness
- Breathing – Take a few minutes from your day to appreciate your breathing. Enjoy it, appreciate it.
- Go for a Walk – As you walk focus on the movement (the lifting of your legs to the lifting and falling of your feet. Come out of the autopilot of Mindlessness
- Don’t focus on too many things at once – Doing too many things at once can distract us and take the focus away from the job at hand. Allow your self to stay in the moment by doing one task at a time giving it your full attention.
Guided Mind Clearance sessions induce the ability for you to cultivate more mindfulness into your life by clearing the negative energy and also through visualisation processes to embrace the future experiences of mindfulness within your day to day life.