Each morning we are born again. What we do today is what matters most - Buddha
It’s been a week since I have attended mindfulness workshop and I want to share my feelings with you.
Although mindfulness was quite familiar to me I came to the meeting only because my dear friend Ania was a speaker and coach. In case you missed it, let me tell you few words about Ania. Well, I feel that Ania pushed a countdown button of change in my life. We’ve worked together along one of my best friend Marcin, side by side for almost 4 years, giving each other lots of needed support. We went through many similar ups and down. Mostly downs. But being there with those two was the only reason why it was remotely bearable. Sometimes even fun. All those daily talks with her sow the seed of confidence and change in me. At that time, I was almost not susceptible to any change. Think of someone you know who is that extremely suborn unbeliever. And that was me. Ania didn’t tell me to change. She didn’t try to change me. But along my wonderful wife and Tony Robbins, they inspired the change and invited it to my life. It’s a lot to be grateful for.
When I saw facebook notification that Ania will be running a Mindfulness Coaching workshop I knew I will be there. Big shout out to Bogus, incredible character who was the host of this wonderful experience.
I understood mindfulness as a state of maintaining a moment-by-moment awareness of our thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, and surrounding environment. A state demanding self-acceptance, paying attention to our thoughts and feelings without judging them. Without thinking if we are “right” or “wrong”. When we practice mindfulness, our thoughts tune into what we’re sensing in the present moment rather than recalling the past or imagining the future.
Why Practice Mindfulness?
Studies have shown that practicing mindfulness, even for just a few weeks, can bring a variety of physical, psychological, and social benefits. Along many different benefits here are just a few most important in my opinion:
- Physical. Studies show that after just eight weeks of training, practicing mindfulness meditation boosts our immune system’s ability to fight off illness.
- Emotional. Mindfulness increases positive emotions and empathy while reducing negative emotions and stress.
- Abilities. Mindfulness increases our ability to learn and memorize.
- Focus. Mindfulness helps us keeping focus. We acquire great ability to tune out distractions.
- Happiness. That’s the most important benefit in my book. On top of all benefits mentioned above mindfulness fosters compassion, empathy and altruism. It directly affects our mental state, our optimism and level of relaxation. Tell me isn’t that all we need for life?
How to get mindful?
Although mindfulness can be practiced through formal meditation, that’s not the only way.
- Breathing. Pay close attention to your breathing, especially when intense emotions rise.
- Senses. Sharpen your senses by really noticing sounds, smells and sights that usually slip away.
- Thoughts. Quite often our thoughts are running around like a small puppy. Be forgiving to that puppy. Recognize that your thoughts and emotions but don’t let them play their own game.
As many of you know I’m big believer in questions (Power of questions). By asking ourselves proper set of questions we can start being mindful and present in everyday life. Next time your mood changes and something emotional happens ask yourself following questions:
- What is going inside of my body?
- What am I thinking about when my mood changes?
- What is happening inside my body? Is my heart beating faster? Do my muscles get tensed? How about my facial expressions?
- How do I feel in that moment? What emotions do I feel?
- How other people feel in that same moment?
Give mindfulness a chance and you won’t regret it. There is really nothing to lose but a full life to win.
Mindfulness is all I have been about last two years without even knowing it. Thank you Ania and Bogus!
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