Mindfulness is a topic that has came up a lot lately in media and online. Minimalism and mindfulness often go hand in hand.
If you have been following my blog you will know I am exploring minimalism in my own life and once i’ve cleared out my space I think a lot of people get the feeling of what now? This is usually the time when people start accumulating stuff again and this is where I have had trouble in the past. Of course this is where you can explore your hobbies, make time for friends but while experiencing this “what now” feeling I started to read on mindfulness.
What is mindfulness?
What mindfulness is, is paying attention to what is going on at the moment. Basically trying to live in the moment. A lot of times when we feel anxious, stressed or worried we are focusing on the future. Think about it when you are worrying about something the things you are worried about usually are not happening right at the moment its something that is going to happen later in the day, the week, a few years, etc. If we stop looking to the future maybe we could cut down on our anxiety and stress. The same can happen vice versa maybe you feel regret or guilt those feelings are usually associated with thinking about the past.
Benefits to mindfulness
There are many benefits to mindfulness people claim they are more productive, they are less stressed, they feel like they have more time on their hands. I can most definitely relate to the productivity aspect. If I am practicing mindfulness and really focused on one task at a time I am able to complete so much more. When studying for example I will set a timer for 30 minutes and make a promise to myself to be mindful and completely focused. I can get so much more done in that 30 minutes then I might have all day if I wasn’t been mindful and focused. Our thoughts can be very distracting even if we’re not acting upon them. So I challenge you though out the day to ask yourself “Am I really focused on what is happening right now? Or am I thinking about tomorrow or last week?”