How to Be Mindful in This Busy World
Love, Understanding, and Awareness are Key Factors
by Veritas Vita 777
Mindfulness can help you stay sane in this crazy world. I practice mindfulness, but my process is rooted in my faith. I meditate on Scripture. Practicing mindfulness is as simple as being still for a moment and calming yourself down by reacting positively to your surroundings or recalling a peaceful mantra. My mantra would be thinking about Bible verses that can refocus my mind on God. Maybe your mantra would be remembering a poem or repeating a phrase that helps you refocus on something good.
According to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, “Meditation and mindfulness practices may have a variety of health benefits and may help people improve the quality of their lives. Recent studies have investigated if meditation or mindfulness helps people manage anxiety, stress, depression, pain, or symptoms related to withdrawal from nicotine, alcohol, or opioids. Other studies have looked at the effects of meditation or mindfulness on weight control or sleep quality.”
“Mindfulness is about love and loving life. When you cultivate this love, it gives you clarity and compassion for life, and your actions happen in accordance with that.” – Jon Kabat-Zinn
One thing that truly helps me practice mindfulness is focusing on love. I think about my husband or family and how grateful I am that God gave me such a loving and gracious family. I meditate on how much God loves me and has great plans for my life. I ruminate on how love is always the answer and violence is never the right choice.
“Breathe in deeply to bring your mind home to your body. Then look at, or think of, the person triggering this emotion: With mindfulness, you can see that she is unhappy, that she is suffering. You can see her wrong perceptions. You can see that she is not beautiful when she says things that are unkind.” – Thich Nhat Hanh
Another key to cultivating and maintaining mindfulness in your life is learning how to understand others. If someone’s having a bad day, they could lash out at you or anyone they encounter. That’s not right. They need to work on their own mindfulness and emotional maturity level. However, when you encounter that in yourself or in others, you should take a step back and try to deescalate the situation – through self-reflection and self-regulation, and through trying to understand the other person. This is not easy. It takes time and a lot of learning about people, personalities, and understanding why people act the way they do.
“The key to creating the mental space before responding is mindfulness. Mindfulness is a way of being present: paying attention to and accepting what is happening in our lives. It helps us to be aware of and step away from our automatic and habitual reaction to our everyday experiences.” – Elizabeth Thornton
I focus on the fact that I am a three-part being. It’s so important to treat your spirit and soul right as you would treat your physical body the right way. You need a healthy mind, soul, and body to live a well-rounded and full life. I’ve learned to become comfortable in my own skin. When I’m around others, that’s a blessing. When I’m alone, that’s a blessing as well. That’s a time where I can recharge and refocus on how I need to live my life in a way that honors God and loves others.
I hope that you cultivate love, understanding, and awareness in your life as you develop a mindset of mindfulness.
Article syndicated by Mustard Seed Sentinel on Medium.com.
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“Be still and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!” – Psalm 46:10 ~ God is good. He has a plan. He is in control.