Feeling overwhelmed is something we have all experienced at one point or another.
Sometimes things in our professional and our personal life call for our full attention and maximize our focus on them. So much so that it makes us feel like we’re about to overload our brains from thinking (imagine a cartoon-ish head explosion). That does not mean that we should throw in the towel and give up the fight either. What we really need is some vacation for both our mind and soul, a vacation time that we can’t refuse them.
Our approach is (cue in drum-roll please) the practice of Mindfulness meditation. Its core principle is to live consciously each moment, and don’t let our autopilot behavior take over our lives. It is the true meaning of Carpe Diem.
Mindfulness based on ancient Zen Buddhist meditation techniques, is a mind-body medicine practice that was popularized by Jon Kabat-Zinn, a researcher at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. According to Kabat-Zinn, mindfulness is an internal resource that all of us already have. The idea is to channel or direct this resource to transform our relationships with stress, emotions, pain, and illness.
It asks us to experience all emotions, good and bad, with no judgements. Please note: no adding labels to people or past events, resist the temptation. Time and dedication for the practice of mindfulness depend on how badly you are distracted in your life: it is done daily and can last anywhere from 1 minute to an hour. And the best thing is that it can be done laying down (finally, something we can actually do while resting our bodies), or while you walk (a perfect excuse to go out and experience nature, weather permitted of course).
Why not! It works and we can attest to this. It clears your mind and it helps you focus better and outperform your old self.
If you’re ready to start living in the present and be more mindful check out this YouTube clip, posted by TheHonestGuys.
You can always devour Jon Kabat-Zinn’s book on mindfulness called Full catastrophe living. It literally transformed our perception to how we live our lives.
Or you can check out this story on the Psychology Today website written by Jay Dixit.
Now go ahead and be mindful, happy and beautiful.