Quick Steps to Mindfulness For Happiness and Fulfillment.

Just live in the moment and be present. How many times have you heard this? I think this is great advice; as a matter of fact I chant this concept all the time. It sounds easy but for a guy like me with a bit of ADHD and a very busy brain, this can be hard advice to follow. I try hard but it’s a struggle.

And by the way, why is it such good advice? Think about these classic quotes:

*You become what you think about all day long
*Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right
*Where thought goes, energy flows and results happen.

These powerful quotes are becoming so much more profound and real as I get older. I know letting my mind wander is a waste of time but it happens anyways.

In a landmark study from Harvard University, they found that people spend 46.9 percent of their days with their mind wandering. YIKES! We spend almost half our days with our minds wandering and this can be equated to wasted time. So how can we regain back control of our thoughts and control or at least rein in someway, our drifting thoughts?

Remember, controlling your thoughts is important to boost effectiveness and productivity because we all want to get stuff done, but it’s also important for a what I think is a more important reason. The one most don’t talk about, it’s the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow; It’s what we are all working and hoping to get… it’s that of boosting our happiness.

Here is the key point, mind wandering is the cause, not the consequence, of unhappiness. Just to be clear on this point. Letting your mind endlessly wander leads to unhappiness in just a short time afterwards. That’s why it’s so important to pay attention to what your mind is doing. We are all after the carrot, the “happiness” but to help us get there we need to focus our minds more and stop the wandering.

Have you tried meditation? It’s supposed to be good to calm and quiet the mind. Wonderful for many but I’ve tried many times and I just can’t calm or quiet my mind that way (I hope it works for you).

If you are like me and struggle with your mind wandering try some of these mindfulness strategies that you can use at anytime to refocus and get closer to the carrot, the happiness!

Give focus and attention to the tasks you are doing. For example, when I was out riding my bike in the cold and wet, one thought that kept popping into my mind was why am I doing this? It’s cold and wet, I could be home where it’s warm and dry! To counter this thought I purposefully added purpose to my ride. I’m building cardiovascular fitness to prevent heart attaches and or diabetes. I’m burning fat and getting lean so I can have a good sex life with my wife. I’m getting to catch up and talk with a friend. I find it fun and it boosts my spirits. I get to see some nice inspiring houses and see some more magic of nature as the trees are changing colour.

When I’m writing same thing. I give focus and purpose to my task. I tell myself I’m building a legacy of articles and good advice for my kids (they don’t listen to me as their parent! LOL). I’m build my creative skill that will help me with other problem solving activities as it puts me into a solution focused mindset and so on. You get the idea. So add and find purpose to the things you do. This will quickly stop the drifting of your mind.

When you mind wanders to the past, or future, zoom in on the now and what ever task you are doing. Bring it back to the now. Surface reason why you like what it is you are doing.

If your mind keeps wandering, focus on your senses; your taste, smell, how your body feels, what can you hear? Re-anchor on your senses to pull you back to the here and now.

Another great tip I like to use more and more is that of expressing my appreciation for the thing I’m doing. What do I like about what I’m doing? How lucky am I that I can actually do this? Find ways on how this will help you and those around you. You’ve heard it many times before, find the attitude of gratitude.

Mindfulness for more happiness and peace of mind is straight forward to obtain. As you apply these strategies during your favorite activities it will become second nature to you and then naturally spill over into other daily events. This will help boost your happiness as you have more purpose. How great is that!

Wishing you the Best of Health and Spirits
Robert Ridpath
Health Synergy Inc