Awareness may have its roots in Buddhism, but its branches have spread across the globe. We live in a chaotic world for a simple reason – our world is in chaos. Each of us is confused to a different degree. Due to the hectic nature of life, we are constantly stressed. The pace of our lives is always hurried and tense. Either we are fearful of the uncertain future or regretful of the irreversible past.
We tend to ignore the moments during the years, don’t we? How can we solve this epidemic of our time? Is it in some coveted book? In a scientific drug? Well, it’s in mindfulness, an ancient art. We can learn valuable lessons from this art form. Here are six of them.
Your peace starts within you
There has never been a people who have shown such strength of character as the ancient Stoics. Marcus Aurelius, the last of the five good Roman emperors, was the most popular. Sources tell us that these men overcame adversity without flinching. Despite the worst of challenges, they were able to maintain incredible peace and tranquility.
The past is replete with examples of individuals who could maintain their mental peace regardless of the circumstances. Their calmness is the result of awareness, which is embodied in their lives.
They weren’t too worried about the distant future, nor were they resentful of their past. They were aware of the present moment, and they faced challenges as they arose. As a result of their mindfulness practice, they became more aware of their thoughts. It is a modern superpower to be able to select your thoughts. Knowing that you can choose your thoughts if you are mindful of them could lead to mental peace.
Your perspective colors the world
Don’t you see the world as you are, not as it is? The world seems happy to happy people. The world is viewed as violent by those with violent tendencies. To make the world better, more comfortable, calmer, we must become more content, better, more peaceful. It matters how you see things. How can you become aware of the way you see the world? Awareness.
Looking inwards is possible when you focus on the present. As a result, your perspective is forced to be questioned. It encourages you to alter your inner self for the better. Your outlook and self-perception improve as you develop your inner self.
A still mind accomplishes much more
Have you ever found your mind wandering in a dozen different directions while working on an important project? What was your timeframe for finishing the assignment? You already know the answer.
When you strive to live in the present moment, you can only focus on the task at hand. Mental energies are channeled in one direction by this technique. With this method, you tend to accomplish much more in much less time.
There is constant competition for your attention in today’s world. This attention economy’s most valuable currency is your distraction. How did it turn out? More and more people are working longer and harder but with little to show for it.
Awareness is everything
Life is essentially a sleepwalk for most of us. We are completely unaware of what we put into our bodies or brains. We are completely unaware of the harm we are doing to ourselves in the present moment because we are constantly living in the future or the past.
Only being aware of our moment-to-moment choices and habits will lead us to a better future. You have lived an innumerable number of present moments up to now. Only what you do now, in the present, will determine where you end up in the future. To know whether one’s habits are good or bad, one must be aware of them. To improve upon good practices or change bad habits, that’s the first step.
You’re much more creative than you know
You may have spent hours trying to solve a problem in vain, but when you stopped paying attention to it, the solution came to you? When seeking a solution to a problem, we often get anxious about the potential repercussions – which blocks our creative energy.
Awareness, however, allows us to look at a problem objectively, which will enable us to identify a better solution. When you are aware, you can think differently and figure out how to overcome a particular challenge. This keeps you from worrying about something bad that may or may not happen in the future.
Self-Acceptance is essential
While the desire to improve is important, it should never be accompanied by excessive self-criticism. As a rule of thumb, people tend to compare themselves to others and feel inferior, always hindering their development. You can boost your self-esteem and sense of worth through mindfulness, which allows you to focus on your strengths. You are more likely to improve as a human being if you feel better about yourself and love yourself.
Awareness is a lifelong endeavor. You can benefit physically, mentally, and emotionally from it. Despite being difficult, it is undoubtedly worthwhile. You will learn many life lessons along the way that could prove transformative. You can start by practicing awareness for five minutes a day before gradually increasing the duration. Living a fulfilling life should be possible with consistency.