A Quick Guide to Mindful Living

Hello NDB readers!!! Few months ago I had the privilege of meeting someone highly important and I really didn't know how to handle it because it was a rare privilege. I thought within me whether to sit, stand, or scream while he spoke words of wisdom to me and then I thought again why not just keep calm and be myself. Unknowingly to me I was being observed, it was like the person just looked through me and saw everything that I am. From my actions, to the way I rolled my eyes, the way I pulled out my Jotter from my handbag, how I responded and payed attention to details, down to everything, this person was just being very observant and after everything he said to me "you have a very beautiful personality...and I certainly hope to see you someday among the top most inspiring people on this planet".

This may really not mean anything to you but to me it meant everything, and it was not just about those words alone but the lesson I picked up on living a mindful life. Like it or not, people are watching your lifestyle daily and how you behave, act, dress or speak, tells a lot about you.

A lot of us have training programs for our bodies but what about our brains? - Dani Matthews

So what is mindfulness?
Mindfulness is the non-judgmental awareness of the present moment, it is the state of being conscious in your consciousness. It requires that we pay attention to our thoughts, feelings, and actions without thinking it must be done in a particular exact way. Mindfulness is an inborn thing, it's like programming your mind on how to do things and bringing to your attention your present experience on a moment-to-moment basis.

For as he thinks in his heart, so is he. -Proverbs 23:7

The results we see in our life is the product of our mindset, therefore it is very important we learn how to behave, know how to act, and watch what we say always. Some people just live their lives anyhow, they don't care if it will affect them in the future, they don't even care who gets hurt in the process. I don't want to live my life like that, I intend to build my life constructively, a life worthy of emulation, a life that will affect people positively and it doesn't just happen, it takes time, it also takes the right kind of attitude and mindset. 
"Attitude is everything"

What does it take to live a mindful life?
  • Meditation - Meditating on your life daily helps you reflect on what areas you are lacking and what areas you need to focus more on. Give your life constructive attention.
  • Openness - Embracing all moments in life for learning and opening up your heart to acknowledge your areas of ignorance and negligence for correction.
  • Intentionality - The fact of being deliberate or purposive in whatever you do, don't just do things carelessly or let things happen to you before you react. Take charge of your life.  
  • Authenticity - Live from the heart and soul, not copied or false. Be yourself and not someone else.
  • Consciousness - The state of being aware of one's own existence, thoughts, sensations, surroundings, etc. You have to be very conscious to live a very mindful life.

How do you start?

Be very careful what you think, your thoughts run your life. -Proverbs 4:23

  1. Forgive your past and let go of unrealistic expectations
  2. Become a very focused person who cannot be easily distracted
  3. Activate and Engage your five sense organs in whatever you do
  4. Become an accurate observer and also try to observe your present moments 
  5. Release hatred, selfishness, envy, jealousy and stop being very judgmental
  6. Practice gratitude
  7. Think and Reflect before you respond

Benefits of mindful living:
  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Reduces stress
  • Combats anxiety
  • Builds gratitude
  • Grows and heals the soul
  • Develops humility
  • Develops creativity
  • Promotes awakening
  • Improves focus

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