According to Psychology Today,
Present Moment Awareness
What is Mindfulness?
Mindfulness is a state of active, open attention on the present. 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.
Depression!! Depression is a word I constantly hear recently. I kept hearing it every other day from people I know and I kept wondering why? Why is it so easy for us to fall into depression and how to avoid it? Or how do we consciously avoid it should be the right word to use. Honestly, at one point, I even felt as if I was being suck into it. Depression is yet again another fancy word some psychiatrist invented? Interested to read who discovered depression? The fact is depression has existed for a long time. There were early records of depression reported even around 200 AD. But in the earlier days, depression was called melancholia. Read more at Wikipedia: History of Depression.
But why and how do we get depression? Are there ways to avoid it? Thus, I have decided to write about this based on my experience and observation.
I think it is really important to remind ourselves and to constantly live in the moment. This help in our mental processes. Being aware of one’s surrounding, one self and be present. It is just so easy to get lost in the moment with all those noises in the world.
How does practising mindfulness helps you? Mindfulness helps you:
- to be fully present, here and now. This helps you to increase self-awareness
- to become more connected to yourself, to others and to the world around you
- to learn the distinction between you and your thoughts, creating a balance between the two
- to become aware of each thoughts, emotions and feelings allowing you to experience these safely
- to learn that everything changes and helps you to develop self-acceptance and self-compassion
- to improve focus and concentration
- to reduce the influence of any negative thoughts and feelings
- to identify self-defeating behaviours
- to helps you to identify stress and learning to release it
How can you practise mindfulness living?
There are many ways to achieve this and I don’t think there’s one right way. Find the one that you are most comfortable with. Be conscious with anything that you choose to do and not just do more of those pointless activities. I like to consciously do this via yoga, meditation, being in the nature and just have a few minutes a day alone with my thoughts. Ultimately, mindfulness should be an automated practice that we do in our everyday living. Below are some suggestions:
Other way to achieve this can be as simple as to:
- Make cleaning and cooking a way to meditate. How? By putting your entire mind into those tasks, concentrate, and do them slowly. Empty your mind but just focus on what’s at hand. Don’t forget to “BREATH” while you are at it. – This is something I often do when I am feeling stressful.
Right, perhaps don’t be like Pink Panther in this clip:
- Savor your food by eating it more slowly. Savor each bite. Smell it. Taste each flavour that comes with it. Have you seen “Ratatouille“ the cartoon? If not, go watch it.Teaser attached:
If you have, remember the scene where Remy savoring each flavor: Exactly that! Watch a short clip here:
Do everything this way. Slow down and savor each and every moment. Tune into all your senses; the smell, the sights, sounds and awaken your senses to the world around you.
Don’t just gobbled everything like Emile.
- When you’re talking to someone, be present. Focus on being present, listen to what you are actually saying, apply active listening, and acknowledge the moment.
- Be aware of your thinking and your thoughts. What’s making you happy? What are worrying about? Learn to recognize this.
- Spend few minutes each day doing nothing. Just sit in silence. Become aware of your thoughts. Focus on your breathing. Notice the world around you. Become comfortable with the silence and stillness. Put space between things. You can basically do this anytime and anywhere. I like to do this with my eyes close.
- Do any task at hand slowly and deliberately. Be aware of each touch and each movement. Don’t just rush through it. Don’t just do for the sake of doing.
- Relax. Remember to take a few moment in your busy day to just relax.
Oh well, this should sum up what I have in mind. I think living consciously and practising mindfulness is helpful in keeping depression at bay. There are heaps of resources online around this topic and videos on YouTube. Let me know what you think?
Practise MINDFULNESS Not MINDLESSNESS!
- How to Do Present Moment Awareness Meditation (psychcentral.com)
- 7 Obstacles to Mindfulness and How to Overcome Them (tinybuddha.com)
- How to Make Mindfulness a Habit With Only a Tiny Commitment (raptitude.com)