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Time to start practicing mindfulness

March 28, 2016
Practicing mindfulness

I am quite late in posting a new blog post. It is not that, I was traveling or enjoying the holidays. I was simply anxious.

I got a work on my platter last Wednesday. I was made the owner of the work. I was asked to present and explain some business case to the top most leaders of my organization. The result, I was anxious. Anxious till it was not over.

There was not much focus on Holi celebration, I buried my head into the task. I gave a pleading look to my husband and asked him to take care of household chores. I was no where to be seen. He made the Gujiya(holi sweet) alone. I did 25 % of the work of making Gujya and all through out the little work that I did, I was worried.

I was worried when I was doing my meditation and didn’t do my Yoga. I decided to focus on them once this whole presentation thing would be over.

By the time, the second day was over, I started feeling more bad. I really hated myself seeing like this.Even in college I used to feel so jealous of people who used to play sports, enjoy sitcoms even a day before the exam. I on the other hand was always feeling stressed out.

Whoo!!! I hated this feeling. Hated that this anxious feeling wouldn’t leave me till the task would be over. It was not that being prepared would had done some good, it was just that this anxiety was a constant partner of mine.

So, while I was still anxious as the task was still at hand.  I decided to stop this. I knew that I was not going to master practicing mindfulness but at least I could try.

I knew by practicing mediation I could control some of my anxieties. But the moment I was sitting, my restlessness was shown in my thoughts.

So, I thought of looking out and tried to understand what more was required.

I might had not got all the answers but at least some light was there.

It was the time to start practicing mindfulness.

I realized that

  • I worry because of the future consequences.
  • I worry for the things/results which are not in my hand.
Some of the things I did, to start practicing mindfulness
  • I didn’t try to judge my thoughts.My thoughts were strong negative as to break my confidence, could had made me stressful and effected my performance. I didn’t try to think about the consequence,the bad or the good. I let the result go. What ever be the consequence, I should have the strength and the courage to learn from it.
  • I let my worries go.It is seen that only when we get engage in the worry,it stays and we get stuck.I was not thinking about them.Let them come and move on. I was not making any special efforts to think about them.
  • I focused on the present moment. When ever I was anxious, I felt so restless and this restless feeling stayed and made me more anxious.It became a type of viscous cycle.I decided not to concentrate on the present.I had the present moment only.Everything else was an illusion, the future or the past.

I am not an expert on mindfulness but these tips helped me. If you want to understand more about it, you can have a look here.

And so what happened to the presentation. I am not thinking about it now, it is past and is gone.Let me now enjoy my present.

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  • Reply Tips Clear March 29, 2016 at 9:58 am

    Whenever you feel anxious, restless and wandering around negative feelings, it means your mind is refreshing. It needs some more care and it will be fruitful also. So let it to be, take benefit from that kind of mind.
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    • Reply yogafreak March 29, 2016 at 11:53 am

      Yes, every state of mind has its own benefits.Like I learned about mindfulness from this state.

  • Reply Subhodeep Mukhopadhyay March 29, 2016 at 12:54 pm

    Very well said. In fact Mindfulness is actually a very old system of Eastern thought called Vipassana (the best experts are today found in Tibet). You have rediscovered an ancient system and I believe that is what Yoga is all about – it must be realized and not done.
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    • Reply yogafreak March 29, 2016 at 9:26 pm

      Yes, somethings are meant to be realized. Thanks for your inputs.

  • Reply shweta March 31, 2016 at 2:20 am

    it happens to me quite often, your tips are helpful 🙂

    • Reply yogafreak March 31, 2016 at 9:58 am

      Thanks Shweta for sharing your experience. Yes, it really helps me when I don’t judge my thoughts.

  • Reply Indrani April 5, 2016 at 2:35 pm

    That is a good way to get out of anxiety. Thanks for these tips.

    • Reply yogafreak April 5, 2016 at 3:22 pm

      Thanks Indrani. It really helped me. Now if I am stuck in such situations, I don’t judge my thoughts but let them pass.

  • Reply Sudipta Kumar Maiti July 20, 2016 at 5:05 pm

    This type of scenario I am also facing lot of time, and your tips are really helpful and effective. Thanks for sharing

    • Reply yogafreak July 21, 2016 at 11:24 am

      Good to know that it helped. Along with mindfulness, practice gratitude and try to merge gratitude in your routine. Believe me, you will really feel much more better and less stressful.

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