How to practice mindfulness in this busy and ever-running lifestyle?
Remember the old school days of writing and memorizing chapters and lessons of various subjects. Whenever the exams were near, teachers and parents asked us to learn the studies by heart and then write down them in our notebooks. When it came to submitting the projects, we used to enumerate the things in the best possible manner we can do. Marks were not given only based on content, but also based on handwriting and the way we designed our projects.
Time passed by and with the advent of technology, every written material got converted into printed sheets of information. Whatever we wanted to present and communicate, are typed in the mini-box called Laptop, then click on ‘Ctrl + P’, and finally submit! So, the act of beautiful handwriting is vanishing every day. All these because life is moving at such a pace that we are going short on time.
Then, again how to practice mindfulness in this busy and ever-running lifestyle?
Try Personal Journaling or writing by hand. Handwriting is a deliberate piece of art that gives you a conceptual understanding of your thought process, by cultivating your self-knowledge and inner awareness and thus helps you in Practicing mindfulness.
Now in the era of advanced technical advancement, what is the need for writing when everything is done by artificial intelligence techniques? The probable answer can be- ‘Artificial Intelligence is a way of life for humanoids, and we are still Humans, so we need some real-life techniques and habits to exercise and control human emotions. Move down the aisle and discover how writing can guide you the right way.
1. Pour the stress of mind into pen and paper
Drafting your thoughts can be therapeutic. Writing about your anger, anxiety, burnout, loneliness, and fear will help you in getting relaxed. You can write anything and everything that you cannot say aloud. There is no one to judge you. So instead of finding that right person with whom you can share your sentiments, better jot down in a wise white sheet of paper.
2. Quality time with your mind
In a world full of noises, be it the daily busy life or the negative vibes all around, writing can help you heal the mind from within. Checking mailboxes, short tweets, small talk conversations and many more will connect you to the people whom you need to run your brain. Along with your important documents, all these will end up giving you a toll of garbage and unwanted distractions. But connecting with the soil will help you to fuel your mind with the strong material that is needed to run the life. Therefore invest your precious time in quality reading and writing to enjoy the benefits of quality life.
3. Grade up your analytical skills
Idea, planning, projection, execution, and control, everything goes right if the analysis is done thoroughly. Optimizing your problems with a piece of paper helps you to think both logically and creatively. The best solution to any hurdle comes with a combination of both. So, brainstorming your mind with putting your language down on the paper will help you to analyze both sequentially and in a prolific manner.
Now since we are cognizant about the benefits of mindful writing, let’s unhide the ways to write!
Instead of drafting your ideas on whatever topic you get, try to focus your attention on a particular niche. Assay on the following prompts.
1. Write about your own life
We all are so much involved in each other’s lives and stories that we forget to make time for our own memoir. We are always tangled in telling stories to one another and discussing stories about others. Instead, shift your attention to your life and try to find answers to your existence and personality. Ask yourself, what kind of life you were living till now?
Is it a victory or a defeat?
Is it based on perseverance or it is an act of escapism?
Try to know yourself more by writing your domains and then evaluating them in every dimension of life. Answering your own conscience will help you in better knowledge of yourself and therefore you will feel more mindful and positive.
2. Create your own ‘disciplines’ to follow
Just a few days back we welcomed the new year, and with that, we are ready with a list of resolutions. Did we ever realize that most of our resolutions are based on other’s opinions and preferences? For example, if someone said ‘you are looking fat’, we will make ‘losing weight as our resolution; if someone said the market is going to perform better in the new year, we will make ‘more investments’ as our resolution. In a way or other, the resolutions are mostly dependent on what others want to see within us, and not what we want for ourselves. We need to rectify these habits and focus on what we want from ourselves. For that, listen to your conscience, if it allows you to do a certain thing, then go for it.
Write down your values and beliefs in your diary. Also, pen down why you made such decisions. Align your thoughts and words with your actions. Draft in a paper where you are now and where you want to go. Make efforts to bridge the gap between present and future.
3. Set reminders for yourself
Never forget to set reminders and alarms for birthdays, anniversaries, and other occasions. Employ this attitude of setting reminders for your day to day activities. It is very important to stick to a schedule if you want to achieve the desired results. When you feel you are lost with the track of time, you will feel mindless, not mindful. Set reminders that will evoke the memory and help you go with the track.
Writing is one of the efficient methods of communicating, whether it be with someone else, or with your conscience. How much we go ahead with the technology, writing will always remain an inescapable part of our life. So, take that pen and allow your ideas and emotions to flow through that smart piece of paper to rationalise and enhance your mindfulness.
Hence, adopt the “AU COURANT” or Fashionable method of Practicing Mindfulness.