Buddha’s teachings has a great influence even today. One such teaching that is slowly making an impact on everyone is Mindfulness.
Do we really need to be mindful?
We are living in a time where everything is available to us at the click of a button. Technology has reached at its peak. Most of the diseases that were once incurable can now be cured with the help of modern medicine. You might wonder-When we are so blessed in this modern world, do we really need to go back to such an old teaching.
Unfortunately the answer is YES and I will tell you why!
We as a generation are regretful of the past and anxious of the future.This leaves us with no time to cherish the present.We are constantly at the urge of finding ‘what’s next’ so that we can control the future.
We are trying to be God even though we have failed as a human.
We open multiple tabs on Google to fetch information,no matter how volatile that information is. This is something we all are guilty of. Many are socially active on Whatsapp, Facebook, Twitter,Snapchat….all at the same time and yet not social enough to form a connection.
So what exactly is Mindfulness?
Mindfulness is an art that teaches us to be present at this very moment. I call it as an ART since controlling your own thoughts without being anxious of the NEXT is a foreign concept for us.
How can we be mindful in this era of multi tasking?
By realising happiness is mentally being at one place. I know how difficult this can be considering multi tasking is the need of the hour. There is nothing wrong in doing ten things at a time. Yet at the end,if you are not satisfied with your work then maybe you are missing out on something very important.Maybe that something important is your mental presence.
Few Mindfulness tips in this fast paced life-
- Be mindful every moment– Any activity you do-cooking,eating,driving, dancing etc.be present (even MENTALLY) at that very moment.
- Meditate– Meditation helps you in putting your entire focus on your breathing, the vital thing that we take for granted.
- Let go of the unknown– There are few things that you can control in life and few things that are beyond your control. Accept the situations that are not under your control. This will help you in reducing your anxiety about the future.
- Be content- Being content does not mean being unambitious. This is simply to enjoy what you have achieved so far. All of us have achieved a lot in life that we once thought was beyond our reach. Yet we never take a moment to appreciate it and to appreciate ourselves.
- “What’s next” is a trap. Avoid it.
- Read books-For those who love to read, do grab a book on mindfulness and inculcate the ideas from the book. The Untethered soul by Michael.A. Singer and Wherever you go, There you are by Jon Kabat Zinn are the famous books. But don’t restrict yourself only to these books. Many authors have written their view on mindfulness. Read the one you relate to.
- There are plenty of YouTube videos that teach you mindfulness techniques. Thich Nhat hanh, known as the father of mindfulness, also has his own videos on YouTube.
So I hope when you read this (mindfully), you finally understand why your parents wanted you to simply eat your food without constantly being on the phone. ( I hope this was the only reason).