Because mindfulness is a centuries-long practice that is associated with positive emotions, ample research was conducted to figure out if this is an overstatement. Most of the research suggests that the correlation between mindfulness and happiness has enough evidence.
What Are The Dimensions Of Mindfulness?
Here are the significant dimensions of practicing mindfulness.
Immersing In The Present
Mindfulness asks you to be present at the moment rather than worry about what is awaiting you in the future or regret the wrong decisions you made in the past. It involves slowing down and focusing on what you feel in your body, your thoughts, and everything that is happening around you. When your attention is wandering, bring it back to what you have to focus on. The act of deliberately directing the attention is referred to as monitoring. It allows you to take notice of the happy things around you and cherish them before they become things of the past.
As mindfulness is all about focusing on your raw emotions, it can also make you more aware of unhappy things that you may find uncomfortable. There is a chance for positive feelings to be replaced by negative thoughts, and it would then take more than monitoring to keep us happier.
Acceptance Of Your Experiences
Acceptance is another key element of mindfulness. By practicing acceptance, you are letting your experiences, thoughts, sensations, and cravings to be as they are; and view them with gentleness. Do not shy away from accepting your weaknesses and vulnerability. Make sure you aren’t over-identifying your feelings or suppressing them. Acceptance should not be mistaken for judgment or clinging. When you judge yourself for what you feel, you are in fact, not prepared to accept things as they are and realize there is no way they can be changed at the moment. You can never force your lives to be in a certain way or always have experiences that you want. Accepting this to be the reality is the foundation of mindfulness. You must be willing to accept your present and your natural feelings of interest, joy, pride, curiosity, and more.
Life hides so many surprises, good and bad on its path that you didn’t even ask for. That is the way it is. Practicing mindfulness helps us cross the hurdles without stressing out ourselves much. All the moments that we lived have turned to memories and the moments we are yet to live are not in our control. All that we have is the present.