Yesterday you were asked to pick a task to do mindfully, with focus.
How did your task go?
Did you do a great job?
Were you more interested in your task when you were fully focused?
Did you think it was going to take you longer to do it?
When we direct all of our energy into one thing, we become more efficient than we have ever been.
Procrastination is the root problem of why we don’t finish things or don’t do them well.
When we learn to work with focus, we kiss procrastination goodbye.
“Choose your thoughts carefully. keep what brings you peace, release what brings you suffering, and know that happiness is just a thought away.”
~ Nishan Panwar
We have learned why it is important to be mindful for ourselves, but one of the most important lessons mindfulness shows us is to be mindful for others as well.
It teaches us how to be a more caring, loving, and present human being.
Shows us to be grateful.
We complain about everything, but life is a miracle. Find something to be grateful about in everything you do.
Be grateful when you’re doing a new habit, and you’ll stick to it longer. Be grateful when you’re with someone, and you’ll be happier with them.
Life is amazing, if you learn to appreciate it.
Reminds us to be compassionate.
You must be mindful of every interaction with another human being. Approach each person mindfully, with your full attention, smiling, seeking to understand them, trying to interact with gentleness, warmth, compassion.
This sounds trite, but compassion for others can change the way you feel about the world, on a day-to-day basis. And compassion for yourself is life-changing.
These two things need remembering, though, so mindful living is about remembering to be compassionate after you forget.
Through meditation, we awaken.
Meditation is where mindful living starts.
Meditation is practice for being awake, which is not being in the dream state (mind wandering into a train of thought, getting lost in the online world, thinking about past offenses, stressing about the future, etc.) but being awake to the present, to what is.
Being awake is something you can do throughout the day, all the time, if you remember. Remembering is the trick.