Live a better life by adopting an attitude of gratitude, mindfulness and meditation
It has been discovered that many people go for weeks and even months worried about things they could simply ignore. This is why therapists try to help their patients to identify, acknowledge and be grateful for all they have, rather than worrying about the things they have not yet accomplished. It is a simple approach towards happier living, but the people who get caught up in the ‘whirlwind of desires and ambitions’ that cause worries cannot be entirely blamed. Our world today is filled with so many types of stimuli and pressure that stress control becomes an increasingly difficult task.
In this article, we will be discussing the benefits of redirecting your life to consider and value the impact of gratitude, mindfulness, and meditation on your life rather than allowing certain circumstances drag you down the ‘road of despair and frustration.’
1. What actually is Gratitude?
First things first. So let’s be sure that everyone understands properly what gratitude actually is? Simply put, gratitude is appreciation. It means recognizing even the tiniest achievement you have had and appreciating yourself and every other person who has contributed to helping you achieve the goal. Now, what if you have not achieved anything yet? There are so many things to be grateful for, you are alive, and the fact that you are still breathing means there is still another chance. And maybe just around the next corner…
Why gratitude is popularly advocated is because it opens up the doors to more blessings. With an attitude of gratitude, you will become an overwhelmingly positive minded person who is ready to try again and again if it is needed. Gratitude brings the peace you may have been seeking over the years. All that is needed to find inner peace starts with a change of your mindset.
2. Get rid of negativity
The ability to eliminate all thoughts of negativity is one of the significant benefits of gratitude. It starts with a decision to appreciate all you have, even if it is not too much. And over time, you will become obsessively positive about everything that concerns you. This means you are free from the disadvantages of negativity and constant neglecting.
By focusing on being appreciative, you are constantly reminded of all the things that you should be happy about, and it helps. With this information on your mind at all times, there can hardly be a chance to accommodate negative thoughts.
3. Practicing mindfulness
Mindfulness is a level of meditation that can help you become a happier and healthy person. It involves a mental exercise that trains your mind to focus on the present while achieving calmness, inner peace, and control. Mindfulness as meditation has been found to have a positive effect on reducing health conditions such as stress, anxiety, and depression. It is also a great exercise that even helps to boost your immunity against illnesses.
Who can benefit from this practice? Everyone, young and older adults can practice mindfulness. How to start it? For the very beginning, try to focus fully on everyday activities that can please you. When you dring your coffee, try to appreciate it with all of your senses. Smell it deeply, taste it gently and so on. In the more advanced version, mindfulness can be combined with meditation. It can be practiced daily, or as often as you wish to connect with your inner strength.
The practice of mindfulness has been a significant part of the ‘Buddhist path’ for thousands of years. It trains you to become aware of your feelings, and the surrounding environment. However, the practice of mindfulness has been introduced in areas such as the healthcare sector, and psychology where professionals in these fields help their patients benefit from this meditation, without necessarily being compelled to accept spiritual values of religions associated with mindfulness meditation.
Mindfulness helps the individual achieve self-acceptance, and inner peace, which promotes emotional balance, good health, and a better quality of life.
4. The role of meditation in improving your life
You may have seen them on the TV or at the beach, people meditating in different ways. It is a wonderful activity, and you can develop your mind, emotions and intellectual strength by practicing meditation.
Some benefits of meditation are as follows:
- Living a life free of stress. Do you know how many diseases have been linked to stress? But they can be prevented when you know how to live a stress-free life by meditating regularly.
- Focus. A focused mind can help you determine positive energy and tap into it while avoiding negativity. You can learn to strengthen your focus through meditation.
- Social balance. You will find it easier to work and get along with others if you practice meditation.
- Forget the past. Many people carry the burden of their past disappointments and hurt for years. These feelings can hinder your progress and chances of living a better life. But you need to let go. Meditation can help you find inner peace and the closure you need to forgive and forget the past. When this happens, a ‘huge weight’ will be lifted off your mind, and you will be a much happier person.
After a few weeks of practicing meditation, you will start observing some amazing changes in your life. Inner peace, you will be happy, and willing to help others. Situations will hardly make you lose your composure, instead, you will focus on developing solutions. Patience is such a gift. You will find the strength to be patient in every situation. People who had sleeping difficulties, after retraining their minds noticed that they could easily fall asleep because they had no worries.
You deserve to live a happy and better life. Start retracing your steps today. Find a path to self-rediscovery through meditation, mindfulness and gratitude. Learn new hobbies to help you smile more often. The outcome of this effort is definitely worth your time.