4 Ways to Enhance your Contentment in Life through Mindfulness
Did you know that the majority of people who use cellphones check them within five minutes of waking up? Not only that, but most people use devices so heavily that cellphones typically end up being the last thing we look at as we dose off to sleep. This wouldn’t be a problem, except for the fact that heavy cellphone use exposes us to an avalanche of information. We’re stuck in a cycle of cognitive overload as news, gossip and entertainment bombard our minds with a profusion of emotional triggers. Information overload is a problem. It causes stress and it distracts us from enjoying our lives fully. It interferes with our decision-making and it compromises our relationships. The only way to cope with the confusion of information overload is to practice mindfulness habitually.
Here are a few ways to center your mind in order to find inner peace:
- Be Present in the Moment – Mindfulness is a continuous undisturbed awareness of the present moment. Fully aware of here, and now. To be mindful is to pay attention to what is happening right in front of us. It means setting aside your mental and emotional distractions. To be mindful, we have to re-train our minds. Re-train our mind to listen, understand and appreciate.
- Tune out the Noise – Our mind is constantly busy with thoughts and feelings about our past, present, and future. To stop it from useless constant chatter, we must learn how to hear this noise, how to become aware of it, and to transform it through concentration into mindfulness.
- Meditate – Take some time to sit and meditate. Be mindful of whatever enters the mind. Silence your inner monologue, observe your thoughts, and recognize your feelings without labeling them as good or bad. Assume a tranquil body posture and breathe. Explore your mind in complete silence. Through bare attention, we learn to see things as they really are, without judgments and preconceptions. Sit and meditate for 30 minutes every day.
- Let go of the Baggage – As people transition from childhood to adulthood, we gradually condition ourselves to waste energy obsessing over our inner narratives. We are often unconsciously driven by random fears, worries, and fantasies. We interpret, speculate, and project emotionally charged perceptions onto the world around us. This is destructive. It’s far healthier to exist in a pragmatic space of awareness. Awareness of our present moment with no emotional filters, no regrets of the past or hopes for the future. With no daydreaming and no nightmares. Being emotionally honest is a powerful way to exist in the fluid circumstances of life.
The world is becoming more volatile and uncertain by the day. The stress we all experience because of politics and cultural conflict is forcing countless people to spend life on emotional overdrive. While we might not be in a position to change the world, we can change the way we react to it. Optimism makes a difference. Conscious meditation makes a difference. By practicing simple mindfulness, all of us have the ability to develop a profound sense of calm which strengthens us against life’s difficult moments. The more you rehearse mindfulness, the more of a positive change you will begin to realize in your own life and environment. Mindfulness is a very powerful secret weapon. So embrace it, and practice it.