"You only need to find yourself. Everything else you can google." Anonymous
In today’s fast paced and distracted environment, we often find ourselves rushing through life without stopping to notice much. We most often find ourselves in the autopilot mode. Specially during times of trials, the tendency to lose focus is high which may lead to formation of self-defeating habits & patterns in life. Mindfulness is about developing high levels of self- awareness & self-management by switching off the autopilot and getting in the driver’s seat of your life. This is where we have strong focus and open awareness directed towards our own self. It enables us as individuals to be calm and clear-minded in how we think and behave. In this state, we mindfully monitor our thoughts and emotions and use our values and goals to guide our actions. This mind state is a prerequisite for everything else. It can positively change the way we see ourselves and our lives. Mindfulness can help us enjoy life more and understand ourselves better. As we develop greater self-awareness, we are simultaneously cultivating the ability to have greater empathy for others as well.
Mindfulness can be used as a tool to manage your well being and mental health. With good mental health, you can:
Reminding yourself to take notice of your thoughts, feelings, body sensations and the world around you are the first steps to mindfulness. It is a choice that we make for our overall well being.
Here are a few steps to help you become more mindful. The key is practice and practice till you master it:
If you wish to see how mindful you are, you may take this assessment that I had prepared as a part of my Life Coach certification requirement. Click here to proceed.
Life & Organizational Development Coach