Mindfulness and Happiness– I am sure you have heard this word many times, so did I. But what exactly it transforms in the practical sense? We live in the world of contrasts, where mental stress is the main culprit of unhappiness over any other thing. The anxious mind and heart have conspired to make one big monster, and that is Mental Stress. We have allowed our brain a free run over things, that should not be even counted as botheration.
- You leave for office on your scheduled time, but the traffic is worse. Your whole concentration will be on the watch and the frustration of not able to follow the set pattern. The body goes into stress and paranoid mind brings anxiety. These are symptoms of acute stress.
- At the school parent-teacher meetings I have seen parents getting jumpy for the kid’s score-card. The already terrified child tries to hide inside the shell to save from undue humiliation. Comparing scores with the kid on the next seat and reacting as if the kid has just lost Presidential poll at the House of Parliament.
- House-helps reporting time is 8.00 am, its already 10.30 and she hasn’t reported nor even called. Hysteria takes over and we end up dialing her number multiple times in 5 minutes. The first thing we ask her when she knocks the door – “Where were you, couldn’t you pick a damn phone!“
These are just few examples of ‘possible’ stress scenarios we face in daily life.
While having a nice cold coffee, your eyes and brain get fixated on something and you stare in oblivion. Or you are having a conversation, but suddenly the mind gets froze and you can’t recall what were you talking. This is my favorite, you are in the middle of one task and remember of something really important. You leave the task in hand, you do that ‘important‘ business and end up forgetting both. This is not any sign of mental illness, neither anything is wrong with your memory. This is called – MindLESSness.
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Coming back to my earlier point, we have so much burden on our mind, that it is doing everything except what its suppose to actually do. Guide us to become better, educate, gain knowledge, get powerful with positive energy.
What is Mindfulness and How to Practise it?
It simply means, taking control over your mind consciously and keeping it in-the-moment scenario. You live in the moment, without thinking about the past, or future. Feel what is happening right now, think only what’s needed. You feel the presence of your surroundings, body, mind and soul as it is in the current moment.
“Paying attention; On purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally.”
The conscious effort to keep the mind attentive at one point, without any biased approach. That’s MINDFULNESS in contextual reference. Is it easy to practise? Do I follow it? Well, the answer to both the questions is NO (partially). It is not an easy task to achieve, the human mind is like a woman in her PMS days (it’s a sad PJ, sorry). So, coming back to our mind, it’s the most volatile thing and tough to have full control of. But Mental Yoga and Mindful Meditation are the ways one can achieve this.
Another way to carry on the mindfulness and happiness is, you deliberately put an effort and train your mind to avoid ‘unnecessary distractions’. I try my hand on this most of the times, sometimes I win at times lose, but will keep on trying.
Practise Meditation. Be Happy.
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