Being mindful is important as it means you are present and aware. Yet very rarely are we ever fully present. Typically, our day is spent running from moment to moment, caught up in a mental to do list. Seldom do we stop, lift our heads, and take notice of our surroundings.
It has been scientifically proven that when the mind wanders, it moves to a default mode network, or autopilot. When you are in autopilot, you are still functioning, but you are doing so without awareness. We have all had that car journey when we can’t recall giving it our full attention.
In fact, most of what we do daily we do through autopilot…brushing our teeth, taking a shower, getting dressed, eating a meal.
When you are present, you are aware to what is happening in your mind, your body, and the environment around you. When you are present to your environment, you’re able to change the way you respond or react to a situation. Your ability to nurture relationships, exhibit compassion and kindness also increases.
You learn to stop, breathe, see beauty, and live with greater enjoyment.
Benefits on being mindful
There are many scientific studies that demonstrate the benefits that being mindful has on our physical and mental health. We are seeing meditation and mindfulness techniques taught in schools, prisons, workplace and prescribed by doctors. Why? because they work.
Being mindful has been proven to be the perfect antidote to the many stresses of modern living. It reduces and enables us to regulate our anxiety levels, depression, and stress and improves the quality of sleep.
Our capacity to cope better in stressful situations increases. You become less reactive. In fact, it’s almost like you have a moment to pause before you decide how to respond. It’s not that you don’t feel any emotion, you’ve become more aware as the emotion arises, and therefore, the response to the emotion becomes a lot more mindful.