Mindfulness for Success
Change your life with the practice of mindfulness
With today’s demanding lifestyle, we are pulled in many different directions, diluting our energy and unable to give our 100 percent energy to any subject. The family, work, social lives, health and well-being, etc. Access to technology doesn’t help, either. Regardless of where we are physically, we are always in 10 different places mentally and remotely.
The idea of mindfulness revolves around the concept of being fully present where you are. Focusing your undivided attention on here and now. Among the numerous health benefits of mindfulness, stress reduction, lower anxiety, improved blood pressure, and better cardiovascular health are a few prominent ones. But it is more than that. With mindfulness, we have a chance at having a fulfilling life where we thrive professionally, have healthier relationships with ourselves and others, and have more self-growth.
Imagine yourself on a regular workday in your office, preparing a crucial presentation. Suddenly, a thought crosses your mind about what your partner said to you during an argument and how bad you felt one week ago. Now, instead of focusing on the presentation, you are clinging to this thought. Your whole attitude has changed. You feel upset and angry and don’t want to work on the presentation anymore. Instead, you want to call your partner from the office and confront them. You end up spending hours in this mental rut, or perhaps you get back to your presentation, but this lingering thought is still in your mind, and you are just not as involved with your presentation as you were before.
Notice what happened here. A random thought sitting dormant in your mind suddenly became active and distracted your whole attention. Imagine if you hadn’t been distracted and were to complete that presentation in a flow. Wouldn’t it have been wonderful?
Mindfulness enables us to deal with these floating thoughts and unplanned circumstances from a centered awareness. A place where we are still aware of our thoughts and the situations around us, but we let them pass by us and don’t cling to them. We observe our thoughts and situations from a place of non-attachment.
Here are some ways in which mindfulness can lead to success:
The regular practice of mindfulness can lead to improved focus and concentration. By exercising your focus on one object, you get used to giving your undivided attention to the tasks at hand, which leads to higher levels of efficiency and productivity at work. This doesn’t mean that you can’t multitask. You just get better at compartmentalizing it.
Reduced Stress & Anxiety
Mindfulness practice is known for reducing stress and anxiety. It helps the mind to let go of the irrelevant and excessive thoughts and be present. Stress and anxiety have highly adverse effects, which can be related to procrastination, sickness, and low motivation. Practicing mindfulness can help calm the busy mind.
Higher Emotional Intelligence
Communication is the key to all relationships. Mindfulness helps us become more self-aware, understand our emotions better, and have high emotional intelligence. Creating better relationships with self and others. We can communicate our needs better, express ourselves in a healthier way, and have empathy towards others.
Clarity of Vision
Regular practice of mindfulness provides clarity of vision. As with the meditative exercises, we can discard the clutter and confront what it is that actually matters to us and is deeply meaningful to us. This brings clarity of vision and lucidity of the direction of life that truly resonates with us and brings us the ultimate fulfillment.
A Chance to Heal
Sometimes, when we go through a challenging experience in our lives, we quickly distract ourselves to avoid that emotional pain, which builds up unresolved trauma within the self. The practice of mindful meditation gives us a chance to confront and release that unresolved trauma and heal ourselves.
Here are a few exercises that you can practice at your own pace to incorporate mindfulness into your daily routine.
Here are a few exercises that can help with cultivating mindfulness:
Take 10 minutes in your day to sit or lie down in a quiet place and simply focus on the flow of your breath. You don’t need to change the flow of your breath. Simply become aware of how the breath moves from the top of your head all the way down to your feet.
Every night when you lay in bed, allow yourself 5 minutes to scan the stress areas of your body. With an intention of releasing tension, breathe into these areas of your body. Do this until all the parts of your body are relaxed.
Schedule regular walks to clear your mind. During this walk, do not listen to music. Instead, be fully present in the act of walking. Focus on your feet touching the ground, the wind you can feel against your skin. And the sounds that you can hear around you.
Many successful entrepreneurs such as Oprah Winfrey, Tony Robbins, and many others practice mindfulness techniques. Because they understand the benefits of a centered mind and the correlation between success and a fulfilling life. If they benefit from this method, so can you!
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