Mindful people don’t waste time obsessing with a future that they cannot predict. They shift their focus to the present moment, because that’s where progress happens.
Mindfulness is the energy that helps us recognize the conditions of happiness that are already present in our lives. You don’t have to wait ten years to experience this happiness. It is present in every moment of your daily life. There are those of us who are alive but don’t know it. But when you breathe in, and you are aware of your in-breath, you touch the miracle of being alive. That is why mindfulness is a source of happiness and joy.
Check out our list of things mindful people do differently below and learn how you can be truly here, mind and body together.
1. They listen
Mindful people are masters of awareness, an art that often escapes many people. They make eye contact with people when they speak. They enjoy the music of birds chirping while they enjoy their morning coffee. They enter conversations only when they have something valuable to say.
2. They go outside
It is not healthy to spend most of your day staring in front of a computer without any opportunity to escape. Mountains are meant to be climbed. Rivers are meant to be canoed. All of the wilderness in this world is a playground that is meant to be explored.
3. They pause to reflect
How do you think you will ever accomplish your purpose without pausing to consider your place in the world? Keeping a journal will help you make sense of the feelings swirling inside you. You will also identify toxic influences in your environment that need to be addressed.
4. They nourish their bodies
Eating shouldn’t be viewed as an act of deprivation. Instead, see it as an opportunity to nourish your body with healthy foods that will make you feel positively alive. Mindful people pay attention to how different foods influence their body and mood. If it causes an upset stomach or wrecks your energy, then you probably shouldn’t be eating it.
5. They express their feelings
The longer you bury an emotion, the more intense it often becomes. Putting up barriers can temporarily prevent difficult conversations, but hiding the truth for too long could damage relationships. Speak your mind without filter and trust that If a person can’t handle the real you, then they don’t deserve you.
6. They tap into their creativity
Tapping into your creativity isn't as difficult as it may seem. All it takes is an open mind, positive attitude, willingness to accept mistakes, have patience and honest expression. Act. Cook. Dance. Paint. Sing. Write. All forms of creation, no matter the method, will challenge you to grow into a stronger, more fulfilled, person.
7. They embrace opportunities
Zig Ziglar once said, “If it doesn’t challenge you, it won’t change you.” Mindful people don’t pursue comfort, because they know this road inevitably leads to complacency. If you can’t remember the last time you fell short, it's the perfect opportunity to aim higher.
8. They focus on what they’re doing
Most people stumble through life on autopilot; without much concern or awareness of what happens around them. Driving to work with no regard for the trip afterwards. Eating food while paying no attention to signs they have had enough. Performing a task in the midst of distractions, causing them to make unnecessary errors. Mindful people, in contrast, tend to focus their attention on what they're doing, one thing at a time.
9. They challenge their preexisting beliefs
Opinions worth having should hold up to scrutiny. Only an arrogant person would be unwilling to consider the other side of an issue. Engaging in a thoughtful debate probably won’t change your mind, but it will introduce you to new ideas that grow your perspective.
10. They only dwell on encouraging thoughts
Mindful people let thoughts drift in their consciousness without any judgment attached. They travel through this mental chatter with the caution of a soldier walking through a battlefield covered in landmines, carefully identifying the thoughts that empower them and discarding the rest.
Article reference(s): http://www.lifehack.org / http://www.mindful.org