Practicing Mindfulness When You Know Nothing About It

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This is a warning: I’m not a spiritual guide, I’m just a teenager in a hectic world.

Another warning: This is kind of written for teens and pre-teens, but if you don’t mind personalizing the examples a bit, it’s fine for adults too.

If you want a detailed guide from someone qualified, click here.

Now, I don’t know much. I just googled a few articles. From what I can gather, being mindful doesn’t mean you’re spiritually awakened, or better than anyone, so don’t let people tell you otherwise. Being mindful is just really… well, being awake, I guess. I’ll give you guys three examples of how you can bring it into your life without ANYONE knowing. Or I mean, you can tell people, but if you’re like me, you’ll love these examples. Anyway, so now I will begin.

By the way, your surroundings don’t really matter, seeing as you could be mindful at a heavy metal concert.

Example number one:

So you’re walking to school, and you’re thinking that nobody should have to get up this early. Maybe you’re thinking about your crush, or that video game you wish you could be playing. Doesn’t matter. You just need to clear your mind. So you try desperately to get rid of that face and the image of that game, and you fail. This is where it gets helpful.

Focus on the ground for now, but make sure you won’t walk into a lamppost. Think about putting one foot in front of the other, and then focus on how your feet feel in your shoes.  Think about how your skin feels, and what you smell, and what you hear. Try and concentrate on every bone in your body, every muscle.

You did it, you’re being mindful!

Example number two:

So one of your parents is yelling at you, and telling you all the things you’re doing wrong in life. Focus on something, them, or an object, and really focus on it. Focus on the smells around you, focus on how your clothes feel, but don’t focus on what you hear. Just zone out. Eventually they’ll leave you alone, and you can focus on what you hear then too.

Example number three:

You’re trying to get your homework done, but there’s chaos all around you. Your sister/brother is playing music at top volume in the next room, your mother is clattering around in the kitchen, your dad has the TV blaring and your other sibling has their friends round. Complete and utter chaos.

So you put your homework down, and you know there’s no chance of you getting it done. This is where being mindful might help you get things done. So lie on your bed, smoosh your face into your pillow, and do all the stuff I listed above.  Focus on your body, focus on smells, focus on what you hear, and just focus. The chances are, after you’ve done this for a while, you’ll be able to think more clearly.


The irony. Just as I was in the middle of example three, my parents came into the kitchen and put the kettle on, and started chatting. I’m not complaining, but oh, the irony.

I hope this helped 🙂


I’m thinking about doing a series of thirty flash fiction stories, one story tomorrow, one random post, another story, random post, etc. etc. and then eventually compiling them into a book, but I’m not sure yet.

So yeah, there’ll be updates on that tomorrow 😀

 

 

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