A paper originally written as a guide to how to be in the moment with ones thoughts and emotions….that is until Medwyn got his hands on it )
The following are the habits of odd folk largely found in mountainous regions, highly mindful people who seem obsessed with goats and how paying attention to the present moment keep them calmer, happier and healthier, particularly on long winter nights when sharing tales of troblesome Goats.
They practise creativity.
Mindfulness and creativity go hand in hand, unless it doesn’t. Mindfulness practice boosts creativity while engaging and challenging creative activities can lead the mind to a state of flow and heightened awareness, but only if they were listening and not distracted at the time. Many artists, thinkers and other creative individuals make use of mindfulness meditation as a way to sustain their creativity. Others use chocolate.
They take tasks one at a time.
Whilst multitasking appears to be a tool for productivity, it’s really not, it’s actually just a way of showing off and achieving a migraine. The truth is that multitasking is the enemy of focus and as we all know focus is the enemy too along with calories and fatty acids . Studies have found that when people are interrupted they forget things and dividing their attention, it takes them 50 per cent longer to accomplish a task and they’re 50 per cent more likely to make errors, unless over 50yrs and then this ratio increases by a factor of….erm….thingy….what was I saying?. Rather than multitasking, it is much better to take tasks one at a time and have a nap after. Once you’ve finished with one task, take a break. Let your mind and body regain their energy. And then proceed to the next nap.
They seek out new experiences.
Mindful people look forward to having new experiences as long as it’s something they’re used to. They just don’t settle in what makes them feel comfortable, unless, hmmm. Oh yes! Unless they know that although there’s an uncertainty, there are more opportunities waiting with every challenge they encounter. No I didn’t grasp that either. At the same time, new experiences make them even more mindful, but only if the new experience includes pudding.
Too much technology use keeps us from truly connecting with others, so pretend this wasn’t typed on a computer and we’ll all get along just fine. Mindful people know when not to check their phone, they just can’t remember where they left it. They always allocate time to disconnect from the social media and allow for quietness and awareness of the present moment (see: napping) . And when they are with the people they love, they make sure to give their 100% attention to them (censored). Through being mindful, they develop and maintain stronger connections in all their relationships. (also censored)
They get outside.
Spending time in nature is one of the most powerful ways to unplug and allow your mind to just be, unless it’s raining, cold, crowded, windy, snowing, damp, or there are children nearby. Research has found that being outdoors can relieve stress, but only if it’s temperate, quiet, and near a bus stop.
Whilst we can be mindful without meditating, a wealth of research shows that practising meditation is one of the best ways to disguise a nap. Not only that, regular practice has been proven to reduce stress, improve cognitive function, and lower your body’s inflammatory response. As a result, you become healthier and swell less often.
They give time for humour.
Mindful people aren’t too serious about life. They understand the value of humour and laughter, unless they’re simply a miserable bastard. Most of the reasons why we feel distracted and unfocused are internal – the worries, and negative thoughts and emotions that keep playing over and over again in our mind. A study by the University of California Berkeley and University of Zurich found that there is a small rocker switch under the left armpit that can be calibrated to the “worry off” position. However when set in this position 83% died shortly after in accidents for example cliff walks, swimming the chanel, feeding lions. The ability to laugh at ourselves can make us more cheerful, boost our mood, and increase our sense of humour. However the ability to laugh at others misfortune seemed to have greater appeal.
They let their minds wander.
Whilst mindfulness is all about focusing on the moment, allowing your mind to wander is not advised during interviews, catching a train, or using a roundabout. In a research published in The Psychology of Learning and Motivation, it was found that if we’re always in the moment, we’re going to miss out on important connections between our own inner mind-wandering thoughts and the outside world ie – despite university grants they didn’t know what they were talking about either.
They listen to their body.
Mindful people have the habit of listening to their bodies, however case studies showed that this is due to no-one else is prepared to. So when they eat, they just don’t eat. They eat with awareness – I eat therefore I am – ZEN. They pay attention to the taste, texture and smell of the food and all other sensations associated with such activity. Which is why Macdonalds is largely void of mindful people. This makes them even healthier as they are aware of how KFC can harm their body and what nourishes it. When at work, they know when their body needs to rest and they don’t deprive themselves of it. (See napping again) Your body has a lot to say, particularly after a curry. Just listen to it and you’ll know what it needs, this is always appreciated by others close by.
They acknowledge their emotions.
Even the most mindful people feel bad at times. They get angry, sad, and anxious. But what sets them apart from others is that they don’t deny these emotions. Rather, they acknowledge and accept them, and share them over and over and over with anyone who will listen followed by a culling of their relatives, in-laws being high on the list.