For the past few years the concept of mindfulness has become all the rage. When we talk about being mindful, people tell us their initial thoughts of it include meditation, finding a zen-like state and yogic breathing. And yes, that is one type of mindfulness – but what NLP can help you achieve is mindfulness during your daily life.
Ultimately, being mindful simply means being aware. Aware of yourself, the impact you are making in the moment and aware of others around you.
In daily life, meditating may not help you be more aware in the moment – but it might help you keep your cool throughout the day! What will help is to expand your own awareness about yourself and others around you. With NLP, you will learn to develop your sensory acuity awareness – that is, increase your awareness of your heightened senses of what is happening in the moment; for you and the people around you.
Being more mindful has been correlated to a greater sense of well-being, happiness and health. When you are more present and mindful in the moment worry, anxiety, depression and illness can diminish; leaving you in the moment with more awareness of right here and right now.
Not only will NLP share sensory acuity skills, but you will be able to anchor mindfulness into your day. Perhaps you might set an alarm, or use your phone ring as an anchor, or the cry of a child as a reminder to stop for a moment and be aware; tune into the moment and the world around you and simply be aware.
When you can create a habit of mindfulness, unresourceful emotions and behaviours have a harder time of penetrating your now. You will be more aware of your interactions in the world and more choices will become available to you.
When we let our mind run amok, it will think that it is in charge of us. However, with simple techniques and skills, you can harness your conscious thinking mind and take back your choice, power and mindfulness. One moment at a time.