Three ways to master mindfulness
It’s the O-D-P* as you can see
(*one for the hip hop fans)
By observing, it needs to be exactly that. Just noticing what’s going on, without any opinion or judgement. The theory is, that if you can notice what’s happening before reacting - you’ll become more aware of your neural tendencies. Commonly, these can include obsession over certain scenarios, self-doubt, or distraction tactics. By observing, you can learn to quiet your mind to let thoughts pass.
Describing to yourself what you are thinking and how you are feeling can give you invaluable space to process. That is so awkward to explain. Here’s an example. Instead of expressing your thoughts to yourself as, “Holy shit I am freaking out, there’s no way I can do this,” try reframing it as a description like, “I am feeling nervous at the moment because I have a lot of things to get done.” This helps you to understand and connect with the situation.
Whatever you’re doing, get stuck in. The act of losing yourself in a task or situation is about as mindful as it gets. With so much going on both inside and outside of our brains, it’s easy to find yourself on autopilot and just go through the motions, rather than fully engaging in it. Ever get home with no recollection of how you got there?