How Mindfulness Can Help You Avoid Sticky Situations
Regardless of what type of person you are, mindfulness can help you eliminate life’s difficulties with simple attention.
The popularity of mindfulness has grown considerably in recent years, partly because of the internet and our access to so much information.
In the past a practice like mindfulness might be reserved to certain religious communities, now we can learn it in a few minutes by reading a blog post.
But just because it’s easy to learn doesn’t mean it’s easy to practice. Indeed, it is known by experts to take a lifetime, or many lifetimes, to master.
How is it different from meditation?
Mindfulness is a meditation, in the sense that it regulates our mental and emotional states through focused attention. But it is not meditation as you might imagine it. You don’t have to sit cross-legged in an uncomfortable position for hours.
The beauty of mindfulness is how easy it is to learn and use right away. Whatever moment you find yourself in, perhaps reading a blog on your phone, or driving a vehicle, you can bring awareness to that simple activity, the effect is to bring your mind into a state of presence.
It is called a practice because it requires us to make an effort, however small, to pay attention to what we’re doing. Maybe you are engaged in an activity without awareness, but as soon as you become aware of that activity, you are practicing.
It can add so much value to your daily life and help you to avoid difficult situations that might occur due to inattention or stress.
Here are some ways mindfulness can help you avoid those sticky situations:
Don’t rush in
Have you ever been in a situation where you have panicked and acted, instead of staying cool-headed and waiting to make a decision?
Perhaps you take on too much work than you can handle, or you accept an offer or make a purchase too quickly.
At times like this mindfulness is your friend. Take a step back and consider the reality of your situation.
Sometimes people get themselves into real difficulties without realizing. Driving under the influence is one. Nobody intends to do it, but somehow it does happen.
Perhaps you unexpectedly hit the bar after work. Get stuck on a night out, or are thrown into an emergency. If this happens you might be in need of a defense attorney.
But a mindfulness practice can also help. It improves your contentedness, meaning you are more likely to be present at parties and nights out, and less likely to overdo it.
Mindful of others
Being mindful doesn’t only mean being mindful of yourself; it also means being mindful of others.
Paying more attention to those around you, whether it is at work, with friends, or with family members, improves your relationships, opens up opportunities, and avoids fractious interactions that can occur when stressed.
This improvement in social awareness is more likely to bring you harmony and opportunity, than difficulties with other people.