Day to day, many of us are living our lives on auto-pilot.
This past week or so, I’ve never been on auto-pilot more. Getting back into the swing of University has meant that I’ve had to neglect my usual everyday mindful practices in order to catch up on my studying. All week I have constantly been moving from one thing to the next, lecture to lecture, and back to juggling washing, food shopping and household cleaning. Barely giving yourself the freedom to have a bit of ‘me time’ can be extremely destructive, and as a result can have significant effects on your wellbeing. Today, for the first time since being back at Uni, I have had the first opportunity to have my feet placed firmly on the ground, and be totally present in my current situation.
The art of being mindful.
Being mindful, particularly when constantly surrounded by stress, can help us to pay attention to what’s really happening in our lives. Placing yourself completely in the moment can tune you in to your thoughts, feelings and emotions, and allow you to be more productive as a result. Mindfulness actively increases our levels of concentration, as it puts us in direct control of the present moment, giving us the symbolization of “I can be as productive right now as I want to be!”. This helps me massively, because within a matter of minutes I go from feeling deflated, defeated and low on energy, to revitalised, productive, and ready to take on new challenges. I find this to be significantly helpful at University, as sometimes the only real time I have to spare is a few casual minutes in between studying!
As a result of this serious lack of time (which I’m sure many of us can relate to, whether it’s from studying, working, looking after children, or being ridiculously crazy busy with other things), I have identified a way that I am able to switch off that auto-pilot, and retune my thinking to a calmer and more constructive place. This is simply by reading quotes all about mindfulness, and the positive and holistic impact that it can place on our lives. Although this isn’t as constructive as actually practicing mindfulness in the form of meditation, gratitude, walking, etc., it is useful as a quick method of eradicating negative thoughts, and focusing on how positive your current situation could be, if only you let it.
Here is a selection of my favourite quotes all about mindfulness, that help me to remain focused when I’m surrounded by stress, anxiety, and overall ‘busyness’.
“The best way to capture moments is to pay attention.” – Jon Kabat-Zinn
“Many people are alive but don’t touch the miracle of being alive.” – Thích Nhất Hạnh
“Mindfulness means being awake. It means knowing what you are doing.” – Jon Kabat-Zinn
“Live the actual moment. Only this actual moment is life.” – Thích Nhất Hạnh
“Everything that has a beginning has an ending. Make your peace with that and all will be well.” – Jack Kornfield
“Much of spiritual life is self-acceptance, maybe all of it.” – Jack Kornfield
“When you realize nothing is lacking, the whole world belongs to you.” ~Lao Tzu
“In today’s rush, we all think too much — seek too much — want too much — and forget about the joy of just being.” ~Eckhart Tolle
“Don’t believe everything you think. Thoughts are just that – thoughts.” ~Allan Lokos
“Mindfulness is simply being aware of what is happening right now without wishing it were different; enjoying the pleasant without holding on when it changes (which it will); being with the unpleasant without fearing it will always be this way (which it won’t).” ~James Baraz
“Looking at beauty in the world, is the first step of purifying the mind.” – Amit Ray
“Everything is created twice, first in the mind and then in reality.” – Robin S. Sharma
“The mind is just like a muscle – the more you exercise it, the stronger it gets and the more it can expand.” – Idowu Koyenikan
“Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.” – Buddha
“Surrender to what is. Let go of what was. Have faith in what will be.” – Sonia Ricotti
“As soon as we wish to be happier, we are no longer happy.” – Walter Landor
Do you have any other favourite quotes that allow you to feel completely present? I’d love to hear them! Please don’t hesitate to comment below.