When you are going through a difficult time or your vision is not panning out as you expected it to, how can you stay grounded and centered during these times? Mindfulness is a great tool to enhance your resiliency during difficult times. What are the benefits of mindfulness?
-Learn to accept things as they are - we often want things to be a certain way and get upset when they are not. Mindfulness is a way to accept what we are feeling and thinking in the present without judgment.
-Begin to reframe our fears and thoughts - often we are reacting in a fearful way to changes that may be occurring around us. Mindfulness allows us to see a bigger picture and focus on what is the reality of the situation instead of fears which may be leading things astray.
-Allow for solutions to arise - often fear and judgment cloud our way of looking at things. When we settle into the present our mind can relax and focus again on opportunities and solutions to problems.
So how can you practice mindfulness?
-Sit comfortably in a quiet room
-Close your eyes and focus on your breath
-When your mind wanders (as it will) bring it back to a focus on the breath
-Allow your mind to relax and be in the present
-Sit like this for 10 minutes to begin. Increase the time as you get more comfortable with the practice
Are you going through a difficult time? How can you begin to practice mindfulness?
Monica Thakrar has over 18 years experience in business focused mainly on strategy, change management, leadership development, training and coaching resulting in successful implementations of large scale transformation programs.