The picture above depicts a mindful moment I took in my day to admire the beauty around me. Sometimes life gets so busy that we forget to pay attention to nature’s beauty. We tend to take advantage of the little things in life. I particularly enjoyed taking 10 minutes to admire the beautiful flowers. I am not sure what these flowers are called but they are simply stunning and they caught my eye. These flowers have been on the tree for the past 3 years that I have worked in this premises. However, today was the first time I actually took the time to notice its beauty and truly acknowledge its presence. Doing this mindful act helped me to stop and rejuvenate myself so I can be much more productive in my day. I always encourage my patients to take little breaks in their day by either going for a walk or drinking a mindful cup of tea/coffee and savoring the taste in their mouth. This allows one to be fully present in the moment and it allows you to stop life stressors from accumulating. This is one of many techniques that helps to cope with stress.
Focus on things you want to pay attention to; is an important aspect of mindfulness. Sometimes we go on a form of autopilot just acting and reacting. Life is too beautiful to just live. There is so much around us that we can take advantage of. These things can bring us great joy.
Mindfulness helps you realize that we can be happy with the little things instead of holding out for bigger things. Some people would often say “I will only be happy when… I get that big house, car or when I go on that holiday”. Why not be happy with what you have whilst working towards your goals? Enjoy the journey of life. The journey you take to reach your goal. Instead of being angry and miserable. Remember that happiness blooms from within. Nothing materialistic can truly make you happy.
Another important aspect is that you need to be mindful of what you feed your mind. What you read, watch on television and who you spend your time with influences your thought patterns. So choose wisely and mindfully on what you consume. Everything has energy so choose the energy that is positive for you. This can only be done when you consciously decide what you want to focus your energy on.
Lastly, always remember that time spent valuing yourself and practicing mindfulness is not wasted time. Sometimes we need this time to rejuvenate. So we can practice living authentic lives because if we do not do this for ourselves, who will? Often I have been told that taking this 10 minutes in the day feels like a wasted time and that something productive can be done such as work. Even I am guilty of this thinking. However, if you do not rest it can be detrimental to your health both physically and mentally which may ultimately causes burnout (Look at my previous blog post on what burnout is about). Even doing absolutely nothing for a few minutes is not wasted time. Your worth is not measured by your productivity. Mindfulness helps refuel yourself to achieve more than you have ever imagined.

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