Mindful living is more and more present in the recent years, mostly because of the countless scientific proofs of its benefits.
Actually, this practice has been present for hundreds of years and it is all thanks to the spiritual guidance of Gautama Buddha, the founder of Buddhism.
The mindfulness is all about knowing or sensing what is happening at the moment, without any negative feelings towards it or wishing for something else. The mindfulness lifestyle offers many benefits, and you need to continuously practice it in order to see them.
In this article we’ll show you 11 laws of mindfulness that you can implement in your lifestyle and make them your routine.
The quote perfectly defines the principle. Indeed, the past is only a memory or a sort of fiction, we cannot influence it. The future is not here yet and if we want to have some control over it we have to be aware of the present.
- Negative thinking is dangerous only if believe in it.
Negative and positive thoughts come and go away continuously. It is normal to have negative thoughts sometimes because that is simply in our nature. The important thing is that the thoughts don’t mean anything in real life, they don’t define us – only our actions do.
- You will not be punished for your anger, it is the anger that will punish you.
People get angry often, and sometimes it is for a valid reason. But reacting to that anger really gives positive results. It is not hard to get angry, but you have to be really wise to get something positive of that. All you need to do is realize that the present moment is what we have and what we control, and then it will become obvious that life is too short to be angry.
“The best fighter is never angry” – Lao Tzu.
- The peace within is to know how to belong to yourselves.
Don’t get obsessed with the opinion of the others. No matter what they think of you, you should never look up to them and become like them. The truth is, we are who we are and no one can truly change that. Osho gives some guidance on how not to care about other people’s opinion of you.
“Nobody can say anything about you. Whatsoever people say is about themselves. But you become very shaky, because you are still clinging to a false center. That false center depends on others, so you are always looking to what people are saying about you. And you are always following other people, you are always trying to satisfy them. You are always trying to be respectable, you are always trying to decorate your ego. This is suicidal. Rather than being disturbed by what others say, you should start looking inside yourself…”
If you truly know who you are, then you will not have a problem with this.
- All things are created twice, first in your mind and later in your life.
Our brain is the chief creator of the picture of the world around us. People don’t act unless their brain knows what it wants. That’s why we need to have an idea of what we want and our goals, and act accordingly.
“The future depends on what you do today” – Mahatma Gandhi.
- Nobody can walk our path for us
Life itself is a set of challenges, for some people they are bigger and for others they are smaller, but the only thing we can have control of is how much effort we put in overcoming these challenges. We can’t credit outside objects for our success and happiness – it is all inside us.
- If you don’t get something you believe in, it is not what you honestly want.
Never back down on what you want to be, because of society. Never change your personality so that others accept you better. Stay unique and stand for what you believe in and you will never be fooled by others.
- The hard path is sometimes the right path
At some point of life we all understand that the struggles from the pas have made us stronger. Every difficulty we encounter is important. If something is difficult, do not avoid it. It will take you right where you want to go.
- Everything comes with a price, and you need to know what you are paying.
If you are searching your passion, maybe it is a good time to ask yourself the next question: What is worth suffering for? If something is worth suffering for, you must be passionate for it.
“Life will give you whatever experience is most helpful for the evolution of your consciousness. How do you know this is the experience you need? Because this is the experience you are having at the moment.” – Eckhart Tolle
- Overthinking and overworking are the complete opposites of the principles for mindful life
Don’t overbook your day. Don’t make long lists of what you need to do today or the next day. It is not the busyness that counts. Try focusing on one thing only, and do it well. Peaceful life is a true mindful life. Stay organized and find the time to rest.
“You must learn to let go. Release the stress. You were never in control anyway.” – Steve Marboli.
- Don’t try to control everything – that way you enjoy nothing
People usually have the need for control over things. But what is the truth, really? Are we in control of everything? The truth is that we are never in control. We are only stressing ourselves while we are trying to stay in control. We believe that this way we will stay in our comfort one. But the sooner we learn to go with the flow, the sooner the things will improve.
“Tension is who you thing you should be. Relaxation is who you are” – Chinese Proverb.