You are how you think

You are how you think. If your mind is busy and distracted then you probably are, too.  And the opposite is true-  if your mind is calm and focused, it is more likely that your life moves in a calm and focused way.

Most of us are on the go all day, every day.  When I ask my students when they have time to incorporate English into their lives outside of class, they often tell me that they just don’t have any time at all. None. People, and maybe you are one of them, are busy.  Really busy. They are busy with work, studies, kids, laundry, and all the other life admin that needs taking care of (for example, speaking to the phone company for half an hour to get your Internet working. Again.).

What is Mindfulness?

Mindfulness is a term that is all over the place, from HR department seminars to your favorite FB feed.  But what does it mean exactly, and why do we need it in our lives?

The idea of mindfulness, really, is just learning how to be present in this moment in time, and how not to let your mind constantly flit all over the place.  Why is this good for us? Studies have found that practicing mindfulness increases people’s perceived well-being, helps people regulate their emotions and their behavior, and has other positive psychological effects. Read one such study here.

How can I become more mindful?

It can be as simple as bringing your attention to what is happening in the present moment, and it can go much deeper, by learning how to mediate.  All you need is a little practice. You can start by choosing to focus your attention on what is going on now.  The great thing?  It doesn’t need to take a lot of your time, so you are likely to see a big benefit from a small time investment!

Here are 6 exercises to help you get started.

If you’d like to know more here is a link to article in Pyschology Today

This Ted Talk by Andy Puddicombe is a great audio visual introduction to the topic.

Vocabulary

Flit (verb):  Move quickly from one place to another.

Deeper (adjective): Deep is the opposite of superficial.  Deeper is a comparative adjective.

 

When do you think you can fit a little mindfulness into your life?

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