A Quick Guide to Mindfulness

Meditation happens when you’re hitting the pause button… Wandering allows creativity.

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As millennial, we’re constantly struggling to do our best. It’s not a secret, we’re surrounded with success influencers stories, and we all want to make it and build our own business. It’s fine, and it’s exactly how I see success, and as a millennial, travelling the world is essential.

Somehow, this world of distractions is targeting us with new ways for us for not being present in the moment. Settling for one moment is the incredible hard new kind of task we’ve been assigned. Let’s don’t turn hippies, and starting this journey to mindfulness wasn’t my first round. That’s why I’ve turned to Headspace app

Meditation isn’t new, and the more I walked along this new path, the more I felt I needed to get some interest into it. Direction was to reach out a new goal, and giving my brain a break was definitely a solution.  

What is it? 

Meditation is meant to calm the mind, connect the breath to the body, notice your senses and bring awareness to thoughts. It can help you to relax, make you feel way more present in the moment.

What it isn’t

Meditation isn’t about silencing the mind, and your thoughts. It’s not shutting down your mind – it’s nearly impossible. It’s not something that has to be done a specific way. You can find your own way to meditate and reach out mindfulness. 

Breathe

In and out. As a millennial, sit and stare would not even work for a such a thinker mind as mine. I do want to find how to be present in the moment, but settling for a moment requires strength and guidance. I would recommend to start slow, and being able to sit for 10 minutes is quite a challenge and such a talented achievement. As for the method, I’ve been using, there’s not a coveted secret only yogis would ever offer you: it’s easy and simple: in-breath versus out-breath. Each one is going to take you between 3 to 5 seconds.

Body scan

Guided meditation. Effective, easy and simple. First step being reached, once you feel comfortable, the next step is to make it to the “body scan”. It’s effective and calming, and when you need to prevent your mind from wandering, looking to focus, it’s pretty useful. Time to step up to the next step, and start to scan each part of your body. As for me, I like to start from my feet and scanning all the way up. I’ll take note of every sensation, and of every ache.

Notice your senses

Body scan is an effective method to meditate, but if you’re feeling lost during this exercise, there’s another for us to be focus and still remind present in the moment. It’s all about noticing your senses, which means bring up your senses and use them to the highest performance. The shooting power of meditation is about to focus on breathing, and improve heart race and your mind pace. 

Spare yourself a moment

Reaching mindfulness isn’t something you can reach out easily, and like everything it takes some work. Figuring this out, being focused for the whole time isn’t what you’re looking to achieve at first. If you’re on the take to try to exercise on the morning, it’s not only good, but also interesting for your inner self to start your day with a moment for yourself. Shaping your mind to make it feel greater than before. Even if you’re working full time, stressed, and not having a second for yourself, those minutes are for yourself. Starting your journey restrictively isn’t what you’d want. Focusing on your breath, yes, not permanently. It’s okay to let your mind wander for a minute, and then, you can come back and you’re ready to take on for the last minutes of this exercise. Wandering allows creativity.

Consistence hold you together

Meditation happens when you’re hitting the pause button on life overwhelming schedule and tune into your mind for a little while. It can happen many ways, and it’s up to you to decide how to do – including the method I’ve just shared with you. One thing you should keep in mind is consistence. It’s the key to your success. Meditate whenever you want, but at least a few times per week. 

Don’t ever be hard on yourself. Even a “failed” meditation session is useful and worthwhile. You’re going to notice how much it has done for yourself and your mind headspace after a few sessions. You’ve been taking stock out of your your to-do list constantly running on your mind. You’ll notice a difference : increase energy, calmness and greater focus. So, are you up to start? 

Read more: 10 benefits of meditation,

Why 10 minutes of meditation can change everything,

4 ways to avoid work burnout 

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  • It is good to pause and enjoy the moment.
    This indeed is a quick guide, initially I wondered what you have in this post… but there is lots to take back.

  • Vyjay Rao

    I believe in living the moment, enjoying it for what it brings and immerse in the experience. One needs to look at travel beyond just seeing new places. It has something much more to it than just that.

  • Thelittlelai: Beyond limits

    For me, It’s also about finding your inner peace for a minute of silence will bring you to where you wanted to be landed on. This is such a good reminder for each one of us.

    LaiAriel

  • Spread The Truth

    “we’re surrounded with success influencers stories” This is so true. I love your view of meditation, and great tips for those who previously may have overlooked it.

  • Fairytale Studios

    Thanks for sharing. I agree to your views about Meditation. This was helpful.

  • The distraction around us affects not only the millennials. But the pressure is higher on millennials- to prove and succeed in the shortest possible time. Hitting the pause button is good for both mental and physical health, add to that, this is useful to disengage on macro activities and for the time being looked at the big picture so we can evaluate and re strategize

  • I agree with Sonnie. Most especially for millennials, there is the pressure to prove one’s self. So instead of charging in recklessly, it pays to calm down, think through, before taking the plunge. And as I am learning slowly, meditation is one way to do just that.

  • Marge Gavan

    I used to practice meditation especially when I was dealing with meditation. But now I don’t get to do it that often anymore, which is not good, I should get back to it. It is one of the best ways to practice mindfulness because it frees your mind from unnecessary clutters and sorts of gives you a chance to step back and reflect about what you want to do with life.

  • Allandale Antenero

    I couldn’t agree more. As a millenial, aside from the fun brought to us by traveling, we also need something that we can offer to our mind and soul — that is to focus, to relax and to keep calm while thinking through. Meditation is needed to be practiced so that we can release the bad toxics in our mind and body. Thus, it helps us reflect and frees us from stress.

  • Danica Gilbuena

    Wow. You’ve written it perfectly that my mind didn’t wander a bit. Just reading this made my mind focus in a few minutes. I seldom meditate but when I do, it’s before I sleep or before I start my day. Great tips you have there! Will try that body scan on my next meditation.