Why do you practice mindfulness?
Our motivation to practice shifts over time. I started with guided relaxation meditations because I was distracted by the blues.
Years later I discovered stress reduction techniques, hoping to feel less tired as a working single mom of two. I had no idea my fatigue was partly due to overthinking.
Chronic pain and anxiety gave me the strongest motivation and most consistent practice that eventually led me to discover Unified Mindfulness' techniques. They are the techniques I use most often now because of the clear, systematic way they help me enhance my attention skills and focusing on them enhances everything I do.
In other words, I practice so I have the focus and clarity to make better decisions in the moment. Regular practice gives me the energy to do the work I love. I guess you could say my practice is all about performance.
What do your attention skills help you with right now?
- Achieving a specific goal?
- Feeling better physically?
- Being less distracted?
If you are struggling to find a compelling reason to practice more regularly, I'll offer a few ideas that come from UM's Happiness Grid.
For example, you could choose a practice that gives you relief from tension, physical pain, or stress.
How about getting to know yourself better? Maybe you'd like to apply insight from a personality test or conflict dynamics profile you've taken. Or maybe you'd like to know more about how you process the world with your nervous system.
If those aren't interesting to you, how about applying practice to help you perform better, like in e-sport matches or project management?
Maybe connection is what you're after. If so, your practice time could be dedicated to the ones you love or those you serve.
Other common reasons for practicing include getting more fulfillment from a job, enjoying the process of starting a business or simply enjoying family time more.
Your goals don't have to be big, sometimes small shifts in our experience water seeds of happiness that grow into small ways, like simply dealing with difficulties better.
Here are a couple of personal examples of small wins:
- Small moments of just feeling younger
- Being calmer with my kids (after taking a few deep breaths)
- Completing a mundane task effortlessly
I hope this information helps spark interest in attention skill building. Just a few minutes of mindfulness practice goes along way, so if you are having trouble getting started or just need a little boost, check out this Feel Rest practice video which includes a short, one minute practice session designed to show you how easy it is to start a working with your attention skills. Mindfulness practice doesn't have to be hard.
If you still have questions, or would like to learn more about UM's Happiness Grid, let's explore together.