Why Mindfulness is Essential for a Deep and Fulfilling Life

Life will find a way to cause you anguish. 

 

Our modern-day environment can cause ridiculous amounts of stress, our genetics can predispose us to debilitating diseases, random chance can cause catastrophic events, and certain people’s sole purpose on this planet seems to be to cause you as much irritation as possible.

 

As if that is not enough, sometimes your mind itself becomes the enemy, seemingly making you worry about everything from mundane social interactions to actual existential crises.  It can become a never-ending echo chamber of anxiety, causing emotions and actions that seem out of line with your ideal self.  

 

Despite everything you do, sometimes the universe just seems to be trying everything it can do to deter you from the peace of mind you seek.  Situations and circumstances are routinely out of our control. 

Your modern day environment is filled with obstacles that can cause anxiety and stress.  Sometimes the biggest obstacle of them all is your own mind. 

This is where mindfulness becomes such a powerful tool, a way of being in this world that makes it harder for the usual turmoil of your mind or environment derail you.  It is a manner of thinking that can lead to a more meaningful and blissful life—a way of being in and experiencing the world around us in a much more complete fashion.

 

It might come as a surprise, but you are not your thoughts and feelings.  In those moments of extreme boredom, or anger, or sadness, you may notice that sentiments that you cannot control routinely make their way into your head causing physiological responses like anxiety and stress.

 

You don’t want to be held prisoner by these emotions, reacting aimlessly to every single circumstance through instinct, much like a child would.  Instead, we have the ability to train our minds to operate differently.

 

Humans have the capacity to reason through things, observe the mechanics of our own thinking, and pay attention to the present moment in a way that it alters the negative outcomes that we would normally experience when unpleasant circumstances occur.

Your thoughts and feelings are not always an accurate representation of reality.  Mindfulness is a way to stop being held prisoner by them and to start taking back control of your mind.  

While the practices of mindfulness and meditation go back thousands of years and are rooted in some of humanity’s most ancient cultures and religions, it is only recently that science has shown how powerful they can be in making you think more clearly, make better decisions, better respond to frustrations, and just be more content in general.

 

Thousands of years ago, you could live a whole lifetime and barely see any changes to the world around you. Today it is much different, and change seems to be the only constant. It was only ten years ago that no one had iPhones, and they weren’t constantly connected to entertainment, news, and social media. 
 
Before very recently people weren't continually being reminded of all the tragedies happening around the world or given skewed perspectives on the quality of life of their peers compared to themselves by little notifications throughout the day. 
 
Human minds have evolutionarily evolved to highlight negative events much more than positive ones.  So despite the fact that the average person is less likely to die by violence or disease than any other time in history (and more well off in regards to material wealth, health, and education than ever before), our brains are connected to news and social media in a way that we are also more worried, anxious, stressed, and depressed than ever.   
 
Being able to adapt and navigate in this new era without being overwhelmed requires a mindset that emphasizes resilience and discipline.  And it is now, more than ever, with an endless amount of distractions and things to worry about, that mindfulness can have the greatest impact on how you function in this complicated modern society.
 
With some guidance and direction, you will gain the ability to observe your thoughts and environment in a nonjudgmental way, allowing you to gently steer your emotions and feelings towards much more sensible and serene shores. 
 
Your capability to manage how you think is what has the most significant impact on how you operate and feel.  By addressing this you will not only improve your own life, but also improve the lives of the people you interact with, and your ability to communicate and handle yourself in the company of others.  
 
It should be easy enough to realize by now that being content and at peace in this world is not going to come from shiny new objects, millions of dollars, or becoming famous.  Pleasure from material things is often fleeting. There’s a reason celebrities aren’t exactly the happiest people in the world (as much as they like to make you think they are on Instagram).  
 
It’s because when you get bored with all the superficial fluff and fun—which everyone does eventually—all you are left with is your own mind.  Having the knowledge and tools to have control over that is the real path to finding meaning in this world and living a truly fulfilling life.
“What we are today comes from our thoughts of yesterday, and our present thoughts build our life of tomorrow. Our life is the creation of our mind.” 
Buddha

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