Your beliefs become your thoughts.Your thoughts become your words.
Your words become your actions.Your actions become your habits.
Your habits become your values.Your values become your destiny.
So, what it means!
Your Beliefs = Your Destiny
✓ A child who was declared addled (someone with difficulty to learn) in school was home-schooled by his mother and he later became genius of the century known as Thomas Edison. It happened because of the strong positive belief system of his mother.
✓ A man died of Hypothermia in an Unplugged Freezer because of his strong negative belief.
What is Mindfulness?
Mindfulness is bringing and retaining the attention to the present moment without being judgemental.
At the moment when a strong negative emotion is triggered, we tend to react and many times it creates ripple effect of negativity. Mindfulness helps create a space between the impulse reaction with thoughtful responses.
Decades of research shows mindfulness helps increases our level of happiness. It helps in having better impulse control, and better awareness of ours and others’ emotions and helps reduce mind wandering.
Mind Wandering is the constant movement of thoughts and not sticking to one topic for a long time. It happens when we either live in past or in future.
It leads to Overthinking and that is said to be the biggest cause of unhappiness.
✓ Scientists say an average human being gets about 50-60,000 thoughts everyday
✓ 90% of them are repeat thoughts
✓ 80% of them are negative thoughts
Thoughts are not facts. Don’t believe everything you think.
Sit for few minutes with yourself and just breathe. Thoughts will keep coming, let them come and go. Don’t judge. When you feel your mind wonders, gently get your focus back to breathing.
In a world full of doing doing doing, it is important to just breathe, to just be.
Here are a few guidelines on Mindfulness meditation
- Bring your body to a state of relaxation and alertness. It should not be as relaxed as you may fall asleep and not as alert that it starts hurting.
- Feel free to adjust your body, scratch or cough whenever needed. You do not need to be totally still.
- Bring gentle awareness to your bodily sensations, pains or other feelings.
- Bring awareness to your breathing. Try your best to slow it down.
- Bring awareness to your thoughts. Try to be an observer and do your best to not judge.
- Bring awareness to the sounds you hear.
- Start with 1 minute and increase it up to 10 minutes.
- Feel free to listen to guided meditation if that feels good or just play a peaceful music.
- Just remember – whatever you experience, it is all good. You just can’t get it wrong.
“Mindfulness is Simply – being aware of what is happening right now without wishing it were different. Enjoying the pleasant without holding on when it changes. (which it will) Being with the unpleasant without fearing it will always be this way.(which it won’t)”
– James Baraz