Is it a thought of the mind to be poor?

To be present

Be present in your life & kick-ass the autopilot.

Already in school we are asked at the beginning of the lesson whether we are "present". Of course I was there, but after a few moments my thoughts were far away again. Even today I still find myself mentally in the prevailing situation at first, but at some point my thoughts wander. Why is that?

We live in the age of distraction. The paradox is that our future depends on our ability to be in the here and now. Life unfolds in the present and yet we let time go by unused. When we work we think about free time and in our free time we think about things that we still have to do. We deal with intrusive issues from the past and worry about the future. We do not appreciate the present because our monkey brain, as Buddhists call it, swings from one thought to the next, like monkeys from tree to tree.

Live more in the moment

Living in the moment means being mindful. Mindfulness is an active, open, intentional state that focuses attention on the present. To be mindful does not mean repressing or taking up thoughts, but rather experiencing them.

Mindfulness reduces stress, strengthens the immune system, promotes concentration and maximizes wellbeing. Mindful people are happier, more relaxed and more resistant, they have more harmonious relationships, are less impulsive and reactive, and have higher self-esteem. All of these things are already known, but how do you break away from distraction factors and wake up in the here and now?

This is where the expectation of reward comes into play. When we are in the present, the expectation of reward sets a forward-thinking mindset in motion. The only solution to this is to break away from what you want and focus on the present.

 

Ideas to bring more mindfulness into your life

Experience consciously

In our daily routine we hardly notice what we are doing, why we are doing it and what it is leading to. We open the door without thinking about where it is going, we use our cell phone without being grateful for the hands that allow us to do so. But these points of contact don't have to be physical. When we smell good food, then we can pause for a moment and remember a nice evening with friends or family and be grateful for these people. We can do the same when we have negative thoughts. Take a moment and examine this thought, rate it as unhelpful, and let the negativity slip. It's about practicing mindfulness and gratitude in our daily routine.

Be aware of your routine

Our body and mind are out of sync. Instead of just wishing certain activities were over or just thinking about the next activity, cultivate satisfaction in what you do. This can be any routine activity, such as washing the dishes, brushing your teeth, driving the car, doing your office work etc. Try to feel the activity and actively perceive which muscles you are working, what do you feel, what is the most effective way to get these things done? When the mind and body work as a team, the results will be better.

When we hug our loved one, we do it consciously and feel our skin on his, feel his breath on our skin, the touch of his arms ... This feeling is wonderful.

Observe consciously

This exercise connects us with our surroundings and encourages gratitude for what surrounds us. Focus your attention on an object in your environment for 1-2 minutes, it can be a flower, the moon, a beautiful piece of furniture or the sky. Do nothing more than look at the object, analyze all its aspects and connect with its energy.

Listen consciously

When was the last time you listened carefully? When we hear something, we feel too. Mostly, thoughts from the past sabotage our feelings. For example, we hear a song and remember the pain of separation that we felt at the time. Listening mindfully means listening without having a preconceived notion about something. Listen to a song you've never heard before. Without attaching importance to the title, the artist or the genre. Concentrate on the rhythm, the key, the lyrics and analyze the song as it really is without prejudice. The next time you talk to someone, listen, analyze the sound of the voice, the intonation of different words, and the speed at which someone is speaking.

Breathe consciously

Everywhere we read about the positive qualities of meditation and focusing on our breath. Breathing is the most natural in the world and it is completely automatic, we don't need to pay attention to the breath to make it work. And yet the focus on breathing is so powerful. Start small! Sit or lie down and concentrate on your breathing for 1 minute. Inhale through your nose and count to 4, exhale and count to 8. Feel the breath flowing in and out of your body. Give your full attention to the process of breathing. When thoughts arise, let them move on lovingly, like clouds moving across the sky. If you think you cannot meditate, then I can tell you now that you are already doing it. Increase the duration from day to day as it feels right for you.

Thank you consciously

Write down 5 things that you would normally not pay attention to and be grateful for them. The purpose of this exercise is to pay attention to things that are drowned out in our daily life, which we do not notice, but which contribute greatly to our existence or our well-being. Whether it's the electricity from the socket, the coffee machine, the postman who brings the mail, your clothes that keep you warm or your nose that lets you smell. Have you ever wondered where all this came from and consciously appreciated it?

Conclusion

Practicing mindfulness helps us deal with negative thoughts, worries, and stress. It is normal for us to think about the past or the future now and then, but when our lives are dictated by these thoughts we become slaves to our minds. If you regularly remind yourself to pause and bring more mindfulness into your day, you will see very quickly how your life is changing positively. Your Concentration will increase, you will become more positive and you will get a glimpse of the beautiful around you. Instead of going through life on autopilot, driven by limiting thoughts and stress, you cultivate more clarity and appreciation for yourself and your surroundings.

Do not do everything at once, but be patient with yourself and give yourself time. I am happy if you share your experiences with me!

Give yourself a smile and enjoy being. Namaste.

Love,

Martina

In today's rush, we all think too much - seek too much - want too much - and forget about the joy of just being (Eckhart Tolle).