“Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.”
One of the most misery-inviting habits is – not being in the present.
Body is right here, right now but thoughts are elsewhere in time and space. Thoughts are wandering in the past reliving an old happy memory or replaying an argument, for 1000th time- devising ways to win it.
Alternatively, your thoughts are wandering in the lanes of future, stressed out about what may happen at your work or in your relationship. The more time we spend in the past or the future, the more absent-minded presence we have.
It is ok to spend some time in the past, re-examining it or in the future, planning it. But the need to over-think everything and take control of every frigging thing while missing out in the present, is plain STUPID and worthless!
So, here are some habits that help to practice mindfulness all the time.
- Calm down.
Start your day with a calm mind. Calm mind makes it easier and more natural to keep a slower pace and to focus fully on what you are doing for the rest of your morning. Calm minds are efficient and do not fall into the unnecessary loop of worry, sadness and anger.
Also, doing something with a calm and relaxed mind is the quickest and most efficient way to do something.
- Remind yourself of the NOW.
When we are doing something, it is natural for us to phase out into some other situation without conscious agreement. To minimize this, develop a habit of gently reminding yourself of the NOW. Tell yourself “NOW I’m cooking” or “NOW I’m listening to music” etc.
Just reminding yourself of this repeatedly stops our mind from wandering and reloads our focus back to the task.
- Stop and reconnect.
Whenever you catch your thoughts wandering somewhere else in the past or in the future, in your mind, shout – STOP!This works well in stopping the mind from unnecessary thinking and getting back to the present.
This way all the unwanted thoughts get disrupted. We disconnect from what is not required in the moment and successfully reconnect with the present.
You will notice increased efficiency and better focus if you practice mindfulness. These habits surely help. Try any of these for shot span of time and see for yourselves.