Practicing Quiet In A Loud World
Does your life seem to be caught up in the fast lane? Always rushing from place to place with a thousand different thoughts racing through your head? Do you use retail therapy as a temporary fix for boredom, loneliness and self doubt? All you want is some peace within.
You know that you need to slow down. But how? A lot of people feel the same way. Just at the Number 1 best seller in meditation on Amazon: Adult coloring books
“The miracle is not to walk on water. The miracle is to walk on the green earth, dwelling deeply in the present moment and feeling truly alive.” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh
What is mindfulness? It is defined as:
a mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations
You focus on the present moment. And you can do this while you are working on other tasks.
1. When you clean, just clean. Don’t plan, don’t have your mind on the next task as you’re doing the current task, don’t listen to a podcast or watch TV as you’re doing the task at hand. Just wipe. Just sweep. Just declutter. Just wash, just rinse.
2. Do your work with gratitude and compassion. Before you start, remember to be grateful for what you have, for being able to clean or declutter. Be grateful for the people you have in your life, and remember why you’re grateful for them.
3. Pay attention to your thoughts, body, actions. Practice focusing your attention, but also notice your thoughts: are you thinking about other things? Are you judging others? Are you wishing things were different? Are you angry? Don’t banish the thoughts, but notice them.
This may prove to be the opposite of how some people go about their daily lives. Hell, a lot of people brag about being great multitaskers. And I call bullshit. Stuff is everywhere and they seem to be very unfocused.
Living a simple, minimalist lifestyle is about clearing both the physical and mental clutter from our lives.
Take Time To Be Still
The meditation part of this would suggest that you spend a few minutes each day to actually sit still and just be connected to the present moment. I personally need guided mindfulness meditation so I found this great 10 minute video on Youtube.
If you think you aren’t the “mindfulness type,” you are giving up too soon. There is a much simpler, easier way to be mindful. And I promise you, it will work just as well.
I know because I’ve been there.
Also read– Words that Describe Minimalist Living
A few years ago, I was going through a particularly difficult and sad time. I was spending a lot of time inside my own head, and even when I wanted to switch off, I couldn’t. In all honesty I thought about ending it all. Sometimes I felt like I was going crazy. I was desperate to find a way, and I started reading a lot about meditation. I even took a few classes. But for some reason, I couldn’t make it work. It was too hard. It took too much time. So I gave up.
Yes, it is nice to sit quietly and focus on the present moment. I am not saying it is always easy but it is beneficial. I feel better after just 10 minutes.
But it has taken work for me to get to this point. To make it easier, your mindfulness meditation can be a part of your daily routine as mentioned above.
You can do it while cleaning, brushing your teeth, in the shower, doing the dishes, while out for a walk, doing a workout(the mind-muscle connection). Get the idea? You will.
Notice the smell of the soap, the sounds of the birds on your walk, how your own body moves. Just do this for a few minutes at a time.
Be thankful and grateful for each and every moment, for each and every sensation.
How many of us love the mindfulness quotes we see all over the internet? And yet we are lost when it comes to putting the wisdom of these quotes into practice.
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