Be honest: when was the last time you felt at peace? With the breakneck speed at which we live nearly every single day, we need to destress. And one of the most wholesome ways to do that is mindfulness meditation.
What Is Mindfulness Meditation?
Typical meditation means sitting cross legged in a quiet area, blocking all thoughts and focusing on breathing to achieve a calm mental state.
This is not as easy as it sounds, more so for us distracted millennials. The cure? Mindfulness meditation.
Mindfulness meditation is about being fully aware of your inner and outer self — your thoughts, feelings and surroundings, and looking at them in an accepting and non-judgmental way. It’s a simple practice to help you gain focus and be present in the moment.
Why Millennials Need It
As per recent research, millennials have been dubbed the perfectionist generation.
Which means that we are extremely self-critical and hard on ourselves. This is one of the reasons why we suffer from stress and mental disorders like anxiety and depression far more than any other generation before us. Meditation can surely help.
But don’t take my word for it. Mallikarjun Pandya (23), a digital marketer based in Mumbai, practices a kind of mindfulness meditation known as vipassana, daily. He says, “It helps me worry less about the past and the future, and helps me stay in the present.”
Mallikarjun also explains why we all need to embrace meditation: “If you drive your car above speed limit everyday, you may get away with it on all days, except the day you crash. We’re in a constant state of motion – moving from one project to the next, one job to the next, one relationship to the next. And when we keep going at such a pace, sooner or later we crash.
“Meditation recharges our batteries. It helps us evaluate our lives and focus on what is important to us. And with our batteries recharged, we have more energy and purpose to achieve our goals, and the clarity to pursue our dreams.”
What’s more, mindfulness also helps us become more self-aware, boosts confidence and self-esteem, and reduces stress. Overall, it helps us achieve good mental and even physical health.
How to Make Time for Mindful Meditation
First off, being perpetually busy isn’t cool; it is unnatural. Also, have you noticed that sometimes we use busyness as an excuse to not try new things?
However, most of us do work long hours and it’s emotionally and physically draining. Making time for daily 30-minute meditation sessions isn’t realistic in such cases. But does that mean we should give up altogether?
The best part about mindfulness meditation is that you don’t need to do it in a quiet space. In fact, you don’t even have to sit down unless you want to. You can do it whenever you are not doing any mentally or physically demanding activity — like when you’re walking or waiting in traffic.
There’s no pressure regarding time as well. Even something as little as 5-10 minutes a day is fine. All you have to do is to be present when you are at it. This video should help you get started.
Life as we know it is full of challenges, and it is only going to get more hectic in the future. If you want to become calmer, stronger and happier, make some time for mindfulness meditation.
Once you make it a part of your daily routine, you’ll wonder how you ever survived without it.
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