Mindfulness is the skill and art of being deliberately aware of one’s individual experiences, as it unfolds—without the superimposition of our usual commentary and conceptualizing. This article is a practical guide for students to develop the skill of mindfulness and apply it to each aspect of their lifestyle.
The objective of mindfulness for students is all about learning to train their attention to the present moment without dwelling on what has happened in the past or worrying about the future. Mindfulness provides many physical and psychological benefits for students.
Practicing mindfulness over time reveals and develops the qualities of wisdom and compassion, the dual virtues of the discipline. Understanding means seeing clearly into the elemental nature of reality.
Through meditative practice, we will deeply recognize the eternal arising and spending away of all phenomena and see the unsatisfactory quality of ordinary human experience that derives from the illusion of the self as an entity that breaks away the remainder of reality.
Mindfulness for Students:
The world is too busy, and often students don’t get a single moment to spend their lives, as the busy schedule is packed daily. Due to tremendous work pressure, exotic life schedules, stress, anxiety, students today suffer greatly and are unhappier and depressed than ever before.
But MINDFULNESS can help. Why?
- Mindfulness reduces stress and anxiety, and it improves attention and focus.
- It improves emotional and social intelligence.
- Mindfulness also improves students’ cognitive performance, etc.
Note: One who experiences this oneness of existence is said to be in yoga and is termed as a yogi, having attained a state of freedom referred to as mukti, nirvana, or moksha.
So, what is mindfulness exactly?
- Mindfulness means living in the present moment. Typically, it means being wilfully more aware and attentive to each moment and being fully involved in what is happening in the surrounding: with genuine acceptance and without judgment.
- Mindfulness is focusing on breathing. Mindfulness is understanding the changes inside your abdominal area as your body adapts to the flow of air each time you inhale and exhale.
- One example of mindfulness can also be the intake of food. Tasting and paying attention to how good it tastes rather than to the people eating together with you, your smartphone, or tv.
- Mindfulness can also be focusing on heartbeats while walking. With each next step, you take the count as it keeps increasing.
- Every morning getting up and plan for a routine with songs playing in the background, one eye on the tv, hands packing the bags for work, and mind trying to figure out what exactly to do next.
But the mind needs rest too. So, instead of just doing all the chores at once, trying patiently doing it one by one without the tension of others lined up can be a good practice of mindfulness. The more you focus on yourself, the more relaxed it becomes around you.
Mindfulness is quite vital for the upcoming youth, that is the students. Because nowadays the students need more peace of mind and calm attitude, rather than a multitasking attitude of living.
Basic benefits of mindfulness for students:
- Decreases stress and anxiety.
- Enhances good attention and focus.
- Improves the child’s perceptive performance.
- Strong emotional and social ability.
- Calms the overthinking and trafficked thoughts.
- Improves memory.
Practices of mindfulness for students:
- By practicing meditation and yoga in the free time: be it in the morning or evening, can decrease stress and anxiety.
- Stop everything that you are up to and focus on the breathing process. See how refreshing it feels to exhale out all the stress and negative energy.
- Keep away from the electronic device that you are working on for a few minutes and close your eyes and relax. Think of nature, its beauty. Think of what makes you feel refreshed.
- Have a good nature workout session. That will boost your stamina as well as keep you fresh for a longer period.
- Take your pet out for a walk or have a play session with it.
- Do one task at a time.
- Notice everything that you are up to.
- If passionate about anything, bring that into practice. (example- singing, dancing, writing, reading, gardening, etc.)
- If you’re a nature person, go for a brief tree plantation drive.
- Have a quiet time session with yourself.
Below-mentioned you will find the list of practices to help students bring mindfulness into their daily lives:
- Living Together
- Bell of Mindfulness
- Waking Up
- Sitting Meditation
- Eating Together
- The Body of Practice
- Dharma Sharing
- Working Meditation
- The Kitchen
- Noble Silence
- Touching the Earth
- Gatha Poems
- Beginning Anew
- Hugging Meditation
- Lazy Day
- Listening to a Dharma Talk
- Tea Meditation
- Taking Refuge
- Sangha Body
- Taking Care of Anger
- To Bow or Not to Bow
- Coming Home
One cannot stop the course of waves, but one can learn to surf. Similarly, you cannot take hold of your stressed life, but you can be mindful and tackle it well.
(Also Read: Mindfulness and Meditation: Can They Cure Depression?)
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