Cultivate Patience by Living in the Present Moment: 3 Easy Ways to Practise Mindfulness

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Cultivate Patience by Living in the Present Moment: 3 Easy Ways to Practise Mindfulness

We live in a turbulent period of uncertainty, with the COVID-19 pandemic causing a lot of hardship, frustration, and pain. Impatience with ourselves, society, and the environment is all too common in the wake of the recent pandemic.

Due to the automatisation of technology and availability of online services, fast delivery of goods, and 24/7 online technical support, most of us are used to receiving instant fulfilment of our desires, i.e. rapid gratification.

We live at a rapid pace, aiming to complete several tasks at a time, without taking a moment to relax and tune into our intuition. Because of our continuous rushing, trying to achieve multiple goals, which keeps us from appreciating the things we already have. According to recent studies, impatience has been linked to a variety of health issues, including cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, increasing blood sugar levels, and mental health problems, such as depression and anxiety.
Recent studies have proven that patience has numerous health benefits. Patient people have a better quality of sleep, and are less prone to infections and cardiovascular diseases, since a calm state of mind allows to reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression, boosting the immune system and improving the overall quality of life. However, patience is not just a state of mind, it is a skill that requires dedication and repetition, just like any other.

Being calm in the face of difficulty, irritation, or pain is a simple way to describe patience. The impatient mind is aimed at fulfilling multiple tasks at a time, trying to figure out the results of each action in advance to receive the desired outcome, analysing the past experiences to avoid repeating them in the future.

In simple words, the impatient mind lives in the future and the past, coming to the present just to perform a certain task. As a result, the tension increases, our nervous system releases hormones of stress, activating the “fight or flight system”, making us nervous and impatient. By trying to control the outcome in the future, we lose our connection to the present and constant life in the stress mode leads to emotional burnout and numerous health problems.

But how can we cultivate patience?

The key to cultivating patience is living in the present moment and being able to concentrate on the current emotions and sensations in your body.

Having a better understanding of what mindfulness is can help you start practising it.

Mindfulness means being fully present in the now, paying attention to your inner state of mind and the world around you.

When you’re attentive, your concentration is on the here and now, and you’re in touch with the current situation. It means you have a keen awareness of your physical and mental well-being, as well as your feelings and the environment around you. You don’t need to think about things that surround you all that much to have a deeper knowledge; instead, simply be aware of them.

Many individuals, particularly professionals, may find this difficult to accept since they are used to employing reasoning to get a better knowledge of the world. However, when we relax our minds and emotions through mindfulness, we can see the true essence of things and phenomena. As a result, we can get a great deal of our knowledge just by observing.

Mindfulness can only be developed through focusing on the present moment without being distracted by our emotions or prior notions.

If you want to improve your quality of life, we will tell you about 3 easy ways to practise mindfulness throughout your day.

Instead of doing them all at once, choose one that you find the most suitable for you.

Staying in the Present Moment

When it comes to cultivating a sense of presence, mindfulness is the most important tool. Sitting silently and paying attention to your breath is all you need to do to begin practising mindfulness. Bring your focus back to your breath whenever your thoughts wander off.

Keep track of how your lungs expand and collapse with each inhalation and exhalation. Relax and feel more at ease with your breathing.

 

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