During tumultuous times staying in present and being aware of what we are doing and not overly reacting can sometimes become difficult. It can become increasingly more difficult when family, friends, and loved ones are going through a difficult time. Showing up and being present for them is not only a great way to maintain connections this is also a learning experience when we aspire to evolve into more empathetic human beings.
Here are 5 Ways to Becoming More Mindful
1.) Patience -In our fast-paced lives, waiting for change is a big source of frustration. Instead of looking at the situation as a nuisance waiting can be turned into an opportunity for mindfulness when we take a breath an empathize with others. Placing yourself in the shoes of others is a great way understand their feelings and emotions. Empathy reminds us that waiting and having patience helps to support a situation until things are in a better place
2). Listen- When having a conversation with someone make it a priority to listen. Mindful listening happens when we make eye contact, turn our bodies toward the speaker, and engage in the conversation. Giving someone your undivided attention is a good way to be a steward of mindful engagement.
3). Stay Active in Relationships - Keep in contact with the people you hold dear. Whether it’s a family member, spouse, or friend that is going through adversity reaching out shows you care, you are there for them, and it reiterates to the person that they are not alone.
4). Volunteer- Volunteer your services in any way. Volunteering shows you are mindful of the fact that others need help. Being open to meeting new people and understanding new ideas other than your own will leave you feeling amazing because you made a difference in someone's life.
5). Love with all your heart - Love others with everything you have and allow yourself to feel the love in return. Loving others will be a reminder of the contributions people play in our lives.