How To Improve Your Life Using Mindfulness and Meditation

Have you ever wondered what the greatest gift you could give yourself is? I believe it is mindfulness. I never even knew how little I practiced mindfulness until I actually started. I used to always be easily distracted or mentally foggy to the point that I never truly enjoyed or experienced my daily life. Practicing mindfulness helps you to truly be present for every experience that you have, making you live more fully. When practicing mindfulness, you will find that even the simplest of moments become special and full of gratitude. Have you ever stopped and thought about the fact that you have the ability to turn a knob and clean, heated water will run out of it? Or the fact that you can push a button on a device and hear the voice of someone across the world in your living room? Without mindfulness, you will take everyday miracles for granted. It is important to pay attention to all the little miracles around you and feel grateful for them because you attract what you concentrate on. If you concentrate on miracles, you will attract more miracles.

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Meditation is the perfect way to become more mindful. In the past I practiced meditation by sitting up upright on my yoga mat and focusing my attention to the feeling in my body, concentrating on every limb. Lately, my meditations have started to look a little different. I have started meditating while taking a bathe. I throw about a cup of epsom salt in the tub and fill it up with warm water. This is extremely relaxing and centers very fast.

When it comes to meditation, one size does not fit all. There are so many different ways to meditate and it is best to do it in whichever way is most comfortable. Once you have found a spot it is time to close your eyes and focus on your breathing as well as various parts of your body. Also keep track of your thoughts, welcoming them and then gently letting them go so you can refocus on the physical. Your meditation can last as long as you would like, it can last 5 minutes or 2 hours. This practice will keep your thoughts from running wild and will leave you living more in the moment. It may be difficult at first to meditate, but the more you practice the better you will be at controlling your thoughts. Everyone struggles at first so do not put yourself down if you are not perfect at it in the beginning.

Quotes About Mindfulness:

“Mindfulness: The intentional use of attention” -Leah Weiss

“Wash every bowl, every dish as if you are bathing a baby- breathing in, feeling joy; breathing out, smiling. Every minute can be a holy, sacred minute. Where do you seek the spiritual? You seek the spiritual in every ordinary thing that you do every day. Sweeping the floor, watering the vegetables, and washing the dishes become holy and sacred if mindfulness is there. With mindfulness and concentration, everything becomes spiritual.” – Thich Nhat Hanh

“When your world moves too fast and you lose yourself in the chaos, introduce yourself to each color of the sunset. Reaquaint yourself with the earth beneath your feet. Thank the air that surrounds you with every step you take. Find yourself in the appreciation of life.” -Christy Ann Martine

“Today I’m at peace and my mind will no longer over-analyze the past or stress about the unknown ahead. I am present in the moments in front of my eyes.”

“The greatest support we can have is mindfulness, which means being totally present in each moment. If the mind remains centered then it can’t make up stories about the injustice of the world or one’s friends, or about one’s desires, or one’s lamentations. All these mind-made stories would fill many volumes, but we are mindful such verbalizations stop. “Mindful” is being fully absorbed in the moment, leaving no room for anything else. We are filled with the momentary happening, whether that may be standing or sitting or lying down, being comfortable or uncomfortable, feeling pleasant or unpleasant. Whichever it may be, it is a non-judgmental awareness, “knowing only,” without evaluation.” -Sister Ayya Khema

I absolutely love these quotes about mindfulness because they so effortlessly illustrate the sheer beauty of living in the moment. Practicing mindfulness is not a punishment, it is a joy will set you free and elevate your life.

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