M – Practise Mindfulness. #AtoZChallenge.

M – Practise Mindfulness. #AtoZChallenge.

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Our mind has this uncanny ability to wander off at the drop of a hat. It either goes away to some faraway land, or imagines some worst-case scenario that fills us with dread and anxiety.

Our mind rarely comes up with something favourable, something positive. Rare are the times, too, when it stands still, in the moment we live in

A hundred thoughts float around in our mind every minute of every day. We are not even aware of the many activities we do. We just go about our routine, mechanically, oblivious to the many experiences every minute holds in it for us.

Seldom do we make efforts to push away those thoughts and concentrate on the moment, live the moment, fully.

Being mindful of every moment helps us experience the moment in its entirety. Be it good or bad, difficult or painless, every moment has the potential to help us live life to its fullest, experience life to its fullest.

So, how do we practise this thing called, “mindfulness”?

TIPS TO DEVELOP MINDFULNESS:

What is that one activity you enjoy the most? While doing it, how does your mind work? Does it wander off on its own, or does it stay with you, in that moment, enjoying the activity?

For me, it’s when I practise Yoga, or draw and write, that my mind accompanies me…almost every moment. I still haven’t been able to tame it a 100%! I am glad I chose this topic, for, now I need to work on it in earnest.

Sharing today, a few tips from what I learned about taming the mind.

  1. Quit multi-tasking. It does not make you a superwoman, it makes you an exhausted woman. Do ONLY ONE THING AT A TIME.
  2. During a workout, for example, focus on: a) your breath, b) the part of the body that you workout on, and c) how it feels as you exercise. For instance, is there less flexibility that leads to discomfort? Does it pain while doing the particular exercise/bend/pose?
  3. While indulging in a creative activity, like art, cooking, or even your daily chores, put on your favourite music. Choose something upbeat, peppy, that entices you to dance along. Of course, you can’t dance while you draw/paint/cut/chop, in short, you cannot multi-task! But, the music will bring you into that moment as you work on your creation.
  4. Prepare a to-do list the night before, and tick off the tasks you complete the next day. A list helps you focus on the moment so that you fulfil the tasks, efficiently.
  5. Whatever you do–even small things like doing the dishes–do it with all your heart and soul. I know this sounds ridiculous, but it will help you control your wandering mind.

Sharing this link to a post on mindfulness written by my blogger friend, Vidya Sury. Her blog has loads of helpful posts on mindfulness. Do visit her!

Mindfulness is something you need to work at, each day, every day. Making it a habit will help you stay focused and keep your mind under control.

Begin today!

Love,

SHILPA…

Being mindful of every moment, helps us experience the moment in its entirety,

I am participating in the April A to Z Blogging Challenge and my theme is, ‘SELF-CARE’.

You will find my posts here.

23 thoughts on “M – Practise Mindfulness. #AtoZChallenge.

  1. i need to be more consistent with those ‘to do’ lists… i dont do it enough. Also, when it comes to achieving inner silence and banishing all the other thoughts out, I can never succeed for even an entire minute… seriously!

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    1. Haha…none of us can, Roshan, if that makes you feel better! But, I guess, if you do it consistently even for an hour, you stand a chance of succeeding in making it a habit. Right?

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    1. My mind, too, is forever consumed by wanderlust, Kalpana. Fortunately, good sense prevailed I gave up multi-tasking. Life is much peaceful now, only the mind needs to be constantly brought back to the here and the now.

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  2. I finally have one post where I can say that I have started doing it since Oct last year. Taking mindful breaks is what I have been advocating for a healthy living. As self employed individuals, we never know where to draw the line. The only way out is through mindful living. Great post.

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  3. Mindfulness has immensely helped me in the last two years. Being present in the moment and mindful of what you are doing seems like a simple idea but is immensely difficult to implement in these times of multi-tasking. Good tips here, Shilpa.

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  4. I’m consciously practicing mindfullness from the past few months and it has helped me immensely. As someone who wants to get everything done by my own self, it is really hard on my mental space. being mindful has made me more kind on my self and that is something that I needed the most.

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    1. It’s only with conscious practising that we can control our mind and our thoughts. It’s so difficult. SOmetimes the mind refuses to obey, and at other times, I tame it in no time!
      Being mindful of the moment despite all the chaos is what’s tough and what I am working on.

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  5. I really need to quit multitasking and focus. I am losing out on my writing because of this and of course my phone is the culprit as well. Timely post. Hope I can fix this. I am trying.

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  6. Oh yes, our mind is so fickle and restless, it wanders so fast and frequently from place to the other. Meditation helps to be mindful and it does wonders to your well being. Vipassana has helped me to be mindful. Need to practice more to master it though.

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  7. I am trying to be mindful each day. I also meditate and concentrate on ‘OM’.
    You have listed very practical steps to be mindful. Even I like to enjoy music every now and then while doing a chore.
    You are right – multi-tasking should be avoided at all cost – many times we think we can accomplish more but end up hampering productivity and quality.

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  8. We are along similar journeys, Shilpa. I love these 5 tips you’ve mentioned. Even I have made them a daily practice now, and it has helped considerably. Would you believe it? I even close all extra tabs of the browser while working! Focus on only one task at a time, right?
    Anyway, I just posted my N post. And light has gone again about an hour ago. I have another 25 minutes of battery left in the laptop! Looks like today’s post will also be late!
    Find my N post @ 10 Personal Skills Of Narendra Modi That Truly Inspire Me

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