- What makes you stressed?
- Have you tried doing yoga?
- curiosity /kyoor-ee-OS-i-tee /
- concentrate /KON-suhn-treyt/
- vehicle /VEE-i-kuhl/
- effective /ih-FEK-tiv/
- reduce /ri-DOOS/
[noun] – an eager wish to know or learn about something
Curiosity is important when making art.
[verb] – to direct your attention or your efforts towards a particular activity, subject, or problem
You have to concentrate on your studies.
[noun] – a machine, usually with wheels and an engine, used for transporting people or goods, especially on land
There was a broken vehicle on the road.
[adjective] – successful or achieving the results that you want
Drinking lemon juice was effective in curing my colds.
[verb] – to become or to make something become smaller in size, amount, degree, importance, etc.
I have to reduce my spending this week.
1. Notice your breath
Amishi Jha, professor of psychology at the University of Miami recommends turning your attention to the physical sensation of your breath, without trying to control your breathing. This basic step in mindfulness can help you to concentrate easily on your tasks.
2. Try a body scan
Body scan is a technique to return attention to the body. You can practice this by placing attention on one body part at a time, pausing to explore any feelings, then proceeding to other parts of your body.
3. Listen to your surroundings
Mindful listening can be powerful. Set a time for a few minutes and just allow yourself to hear the sounds of the fan or vehicles. The conditions do not have to be perfect. Sitting on a chair in your house can do wonders.
4. Take a mindfulness walk
Walking back and forth on a small area while directing your attention in a specific way can prove to be effective in reducing stress.
5. Practice some loving kindness
The loving kindness practice is all about feeling the love — for yourself and others. Practice affirmations like what Travis M. Spencer, a meditation facilitator, uses during his workshops: “may I be happy, may I be healthy, may I be filled with loving kindness.”
We should take a breather from time to time. We can practice mindfulness at home and even use meditation apps. The five ways above are just some of the techniques you can use as you grow calmer and more mindful in your journey.
- How can you properly pay attention to your breath?
- What can proper breathing help you to do?
- Do conditions have to be perfect for mindful listening?
- How can you take a mindfulness walk?
- How can you practice loving kindness?
- When was the last time you inhaled and exhaled properly?
- If you were a mindfulness facilitator, what technique would you recommend to your participants?
- Do you agree that mindful listening can be powerful?
- Which among the 5 techniques do you think is the easiest to do?
- In your opinion, how can you practice mindfulness at school/workplace?