Most of the times we find ourselves engrossed in the past or future and pay little attention to the present. We often indulge in too many tasks at once that the sole purpose of it is lost. Mindfulness bridges this gap. The term “Mindfulness” is the central aspect of the 2500-year-old Buddhist philosophy. Mindfulness is not something that can be written or understood, one has to experience it in order to appreciate its effectiveness.
Mindfulness is a psychological state in which one focuses attention on events occurring in the present moment. It is a state of consciousness that focuses on present moment phenomena occurring both externally and internally According to Dr Ellen Langer who has mastered “Mindfulness” explains that it is a process of active information processing and the exploration of multiple perspectives by being aware of context.
Research has proved that everybody is capable of being mindful however the state of mindfulness interferes with habitual thoughts and worries. Mindfulness has also helped in the treatment of common mental and psychological conditions such as cancer, stress, depression etc. Mindfulness has been extensively used in clinical and counselling psychology but very few studies have been done in organisational context. Some of the facets of Mindfulness are being observant; a person’s ability to observe of his feelings without being absorbed in the experience, also being aware of the various senses in the body. Describing; a person’s ability to identify feelings and thoughts, also to remind oneself constantly about the ongoing process and put a tag to each feeling without being engrossed in it.
In this article, I will be focusing on the importance of mindfulness among women. It is true that as women we have a lot of responsibility and we wear various masks of a daughter, wife, sister, daughter in law etc. and it is evident that women take more effort in making each of these relationships strong and fruitful. Thus, being mindful is extremely important. Often mindfulness is confused with meditation, they are two diverse practices. Anybody can practice mindfulness as it just requires the ability to be aware of the present moment. It helps you achieve the “ideal self” that you have always dreamt of.
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From my own personal experience, I can tell you that I have a habit of over worrying and over thinking about the situations that have not even happened yet. In an argument with my husband, I tend to over speak and this is becoming unhealthy. For example: if my husband forgets to eat the lunch I made for him, I would conclude the argument stating that he does not love me anymore. But in reality, it would have a genuine mistake. After adopting Mindfulness, I can feel the difference and see my relationship evolve. Why I am saying this is `men and women are wired differently. We see the world very differently and most commonly women tend to mix all the aspects of the relationship and this could cause a lot of commotion. Women are also more tolerant and understanding than the other sex. Thus, just by practising mindfulness we can understand the situation and its possible consequences; this will definitely help us in building healthy and sound relationships with our near and dear ones.
Thus, mindfulness is a simple and affordable mental fitness mantra that every woman can adopt and feel confident about them.
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