10 Mindful Minutes for a Happier, Healthier You
When was the last time you did absolutely nothing for 10 whole minutes?
No texting, talking or even thinking?
Mindfulness expert Andy Puddicombe describes the transformative power of doing just that by refreshing your mind for 10 minutes a day, simply by being mindful and experiencing the present moment, with no need for incense or sitting in uncomfortable positions.
The beauty of it is that even though it need only take about 10 minutes a day, it impacts your entire life. But you need to know how to do it. You need a framework to learn how to be more mindful.
That’s essentially what meditation is. It’s familiarizing yourself with the present moment. But you also need to know how to approach it in the right way to get the best from it.
Most people assume that meditation is all about stopping thoughts, getting rid of emotions, somehow controlling the mind, but actually it’s quite different from that. It’s more about stepping back, sort of seeing the thought clearly, witnessing it coming and going, emotions coming and going without judgment, but with a relaxed, focused mind.
You’re looking for a balance where you can allow thoughts to come and go without all the usual involvement of daily tasks.
Now, what usually happens when you’re learning to be mindful is that you get distracted by a thought.
Let’s say it’s an anxious thought. Then you think “Oh, I didn’t realize I was worried about that.” You go back to the thought and keep repeating it. And before you know it, you’re anxious.
Don’t be surprised if you feel a bit agitated in your body when you sit down to do nothing and your mind feels like that.
You might find a mind that’s very dull and boring, and it’s almost mechanical, it just seems it’s as if you’re getting up, going to work, eat, sleep, get up, work.
Or it might just be that one little nagging thought that just goes round and round your mind.
Well, whatever it is, meditation offers the opportunity, the potential to step back and to get a different perspective, to see that things aren’t always as they appear.
You can’t change every little thing that happens to you in life, but you can change the way that you experience it. That’s the great potential of meditation, of mindfulness.
You don’t have to burn incense, and you definitely don’t have to sit on the floor.
All you need to do is to take 10 minutes out a day to step back, to familiarize yourself with the present moment so that you get to experience a greater sense of focus, calm and clarity in your life.
Try it, try to find 10 minutes out of your busy schedule to just sit, wherever you happen to be, close your eyes, and let the thoughts come and go without any judgement. You’ll be surprised at how much clearer your mind can be.