It is not possible to live a stress-free life, especially in these days. There will always be problems and conflicts. The only thing we can do is to know how to deal with it. That’s where the benefits of mindful living come in. Mindful living will bring you to a place of serenity instead of bringing you to misery.
According to Psychology Today, when you’re mindful, you observe your thoughts and feelings from a distance, without judging them good or bad. Instead of letting your life pass you by, mindfulness means living in the moment and awakening to experience.
If there’s one thing that kept me sane over the last 6 months, it is living in the present moment. Learning to take each day as it comes, I’ve been trying to enjoy life despite all the restrictions that the pandemic has brought. I’m convinced there is no other way.
5 Benefits of Mindful Living
Practice mindful living and enjoy its benefits.
To be mindful is to be self-aware. You get to know the true you; what you really need, what you should do to make you better, and what needs to be gone from your life. People think they already know who they really are, but most of the time, they just go with what the world expects them to do. Living an mindful life makes you true to yourself so you live an authentic life.
#2 Inner peace
Mindfulness means you stay in your centre. So you don’t easily get affected when conflicts and problems ensue. Rather than focusing on the problem, you know that you are in a safe place inside and that complications are just temporary. Everything will soon be alright.
You are more likely to succeed when you stay focused on what matters most. You keep your eyes at the prize. You know your goals and you’re here to reach them. You make deliberate actions, disregard the petty things and pour your energy into what matters most. As you don’t get distracted by chaos, you get to your destination faster. You are more likely to succeed than those who are not mindful.
#4 Physical health
A healthy mind means a healthy body. If you feed your mind with positive things, you rid your body with toxins. Mindfulness relieves stress which in itself has a number of benefits. Relief of stress means better, deeper sleep, normal blood circulation, happier disposition, healthier heart condition.
Mindful living means becoming aware and connected with your surroundings, with the present, with nature, and with the people around you. You become more cognizant when you’re mindful.
Mary Oliver on Mindful Living
As many of my regular readers might know, Mary Oliver is one of my favourite poets. I love how this particular poem talks about how Nature can teach us about mindful living.
When I Am Among The Trees
When I am among the trees,
especially the willows and the honey locust,
equally the beech, the oaks and the pines,
they give off such hints of gladness.
I would almost say that they save me, and daily.
I am so distant from the hope of myself,
in which I have goodness, and discernment,
and never hurry through the world
but walk slowly, and bow often.
Around me the trees stir in their leaves
and call out, “Stay awhile.”
The light flows from their branches.
And they call again, “It’s simple,” they say,
“and you too have come
into the world to do this, to go easy, to be filled
with light, and to shine.”
Enjoy the benefits of mindful living and enjoy living a life that’s lived to the fullest.
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