Today I came across the idea of mindfulness from the book that I’m reading and some online articles. Let me share with you some of my thoughts regarding how mindfulness can relate to a happier life.
Becoming the master of our own mind, isn’t as easy as it seems. Our mind always wanders, without us realizing it. It’s not easy to keep it quiet.
But this becomes an important aspect when we talk about your own happiness. Peter Dunov, a Bulgarian philosopher who is also a spiritual teacher, mentioned :
“Do not look for happiness outside yourself. The awakened seek happiness inside.”
This quote holds some merits. That is, our brain can control our feelings and that includes happiness.
Everyone wants to be happy. Your new watch, new car, new jet, can only give you a short lived happiness, before you get bored and search for another source of happiness. And this will become an endless cycle.
Don’t get me wrong. There’s nothing wrong to have a new car or even new jet. It’s just if you seek to be happy this way. This materialistic behavior will not satisfy your craving for happiness.
I am no expert at this topic but just like you, I am still learning on how to be mindful.
So, what I’m currently doing to be more mindful is that, I try to meditate for 10 minutes a day. I still believe that meditation is the best way to control our subconscious mind. It helps to calm my mind and makes me to be more aware of my thoughts.
Another practice that I do to be the captain of my own happiness, is to be aware of my emotional state. So, every time I begin to feel sad, angry, stress up, or frustrated, I try to be aware of that sensation. As I realize that the emotion is kicking in, I immediately shift my thoughts by having a mental conversation with myself. I take a deep breath (this always do the trick) and start telling myself that things are going to be just fine, or asking myself, why am I so serious? It’s not like it’s the end of the world. If something occurred and it does not meet my expectation. I always say to myself that there will be more opportunities coming and I still will be able to improve the situation.
Therefore, by instilling this positive messages to my brain, it helps me to handle the situation better and I could even change my mood for that day. As the result, I become happier.
Some final words from me:
Always look for positivity in every situation that you are facing. The more often you do the exercise, the easier it is for your brain to find the positivity. As your brain and thoughts become more positive, surely, you will also be happy.
I would love to hear your thoughts regarding mindfulness. Or maybe if you have some tips that you would like to share, please feel free to post it in the comment section below.
It’s time to be happy!