I like to practice the art of being. It’s a concept I thought of when I was drafting up potential blog ideas for the Self Starter Guide. It’s not hard to understand, but it is difficult to practice. The art of being is another phrase for mindfulness and reminds us how crucial it is for us to keep still and be aware of ourselves. The art of being makes us focus on everything going on in our lives and to make us conscious of our decisions and how it can affect others. It is important to practice this art because it will allow you think and ponder before doing anything rash.
Let me teach you the art of being:
Being in the moment
Mindfulness. Be aware of what you are doing right now. Being in the moment means taking time and determining if your thoughts and actions matter and get you closer to your goals. If this moment isn’t affecting you for the better then you need to move on to something else. The art of being focuses on making sure we are always doing something to better ourselves and not hold us back. Decide for yourself if you are improving and make sure that this moment matters.
Being aware of your surroundings and how you affect people
How is your presence affecting others? Are you able to bring people closer to you or are you pushing them away? Being aware of your presence in a group can offer you the chance to get to know people on a personal level. Life is about connections and you constantly have to be aware of the times you may make someone feel uneasy and uncomfortable. We need to assert ourselves as people others want to hang around. If you don’t then you might be left behind in your social life for your lack of awareness.
Being understanding of the circumstances in the lives of others
Everyone on this planet travels a different road in life. We don’t know the difficult terrain that each person have to be on. Some have a smoother ride while others endure bumpy roads. The key is being aware of how these different circumstances can take a negative toll on a person’s well-being. I like to give people the benefit of the doubt when they make a mistake because I assume the worst, meaning that they did not intend to make the mistake. We have to empathize with others because we’ve all been in those positions where we have felt helpless. The art of being makes sure that we gradually retain our empathy for others because that is what will allow us to succeed.
The art of being is an interesting concept that circles around the idea of mindfulness. The more you become aware of how your decisions in life can affect you or others, the easier it will be for you on your journey. Keep asking yourself if you are present right now in your mind, body and life and if you are not, what can you do to change it. Never give up on the art of being because it can make a difference in how you live your life.
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