I considered myself spiritual enough.
My thought process had not changed until I learned how to meditate and manage distractions. I had been practising for years, without any real substance or progress, but after the onset of a few days of daily meditation, I realized that I was at least doing something.
Mindfulness can be a very effective way of dealing with stress, anxiety, and depression. It’s also a great way to improve your physical health through nutrition and exercise. In layman’s terms, mindfulness is the intentional act of paying attention to what is happening at the moment without judgment.
Mindfulness can take in many forms, such as :
- Meditation (the act of de-stressing through paying attention to your breathing)
- Exercise (focus on your body moving, rather than thinking negative thoughts)
- Nutrition (paying attention to what you are eating, how your body feels afterwards)
- Wander (being conscious of your surroundings, rather than rushing to get places)
- Conversation (having an effective conversation with someone requires mindfulness so you are not thinking about the million other things going on in your head)
There are many more forms of mindfulness, I am simply stating a few. Mindfulness is the art of managing distractions that clog our path to happiness, while also improving our physical well-being.
Based on Mindful Walking, the seven principles that the author taught are:
- Non-judging (being aware of thought without letting it affect your emotional state)
- Patience (confidence in yourself, your value, and your potential)
- Beginner’s mind (being humble and able to see the world as if you were experiencing it for the first time)
- Trust (believing that everything will be okay)
- Non-striving (not setting any goal for yourself, except to be the best you can be)
- Acceptance (letting a thought or emotion be there, without trying to force it away)
- Letting go of your pain (resentment, anger, sadness, or anxiety)
What I have learned from my own experience is that you cannot live a life without distractions. Thoughts and feelings come and go, but the only constant is the awareness of them. My biggest obstacle to practising mindfulness was letting my mind wander too often.
I would add a few things on top of the list above;
- Gratitude (count your blessings and take note of all the things you are grateful for)
- Forgiveness (letting go of anger and resentment, as those emotions do not serve your well-being)
- Self-compassion (accepting unpleasant emotions without judgment when they arise in yourself)
- Focus (our minds wander all the time, paying attention to your surroundings will help you get back to your task)
My spiritual journey began back in 2011. When Irwan and Ajmal introduced me to Mindvalley and some personal growth culture. Vishen taught me the state of bliss, a state of mind that does not judge but simply accepts. I learned to let go of things that were out of my control, and most importantly that I could be happy at this moment if I was conscious of it.
Am forever grateful. Thank you, everyone. That’s my daily 500 words of Zen. Love yall.