Of Addiction and Fixation: The Power of Mindfulness

Mindfulness means maintaining a moment-by-moment awareness of our thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, and surrounding environment. ~Kabat-Zinn, 2014

Instead of focusing and immersing myself completely into a certain task, I tried to stay mindful of what I am doing at the moment, disengage myself from time to time and ask myself if I was paying attention to the present, less I fall back into the old habit of addiction and fixation. After doing this for a month, I am starting to see improvements over my life; I am more relaxed, more aware of the present moment, do not get tired as fast, and more importantly, I have seen a slow increase in my control over addiction as well as fixation. I have become more aware of my inner voice flashing warning signs whenever I lost sight of the present, thus were able to disengage more easily so that I can reassess the situation and choose a better course of action. Simply being more mindful of the present allows me to make conscious choices at the crucial moment, rather than just following my instinct or old habits. It is the culmination of these choices over a month that resulted in the improvements. Think about the benefits we’ll get if this habit is maintained, it will have far-reaching influence over our lives.

So, start practicing mindfulness now! Remind yourself that the here-and-now is the most important phase of your life, so that when the crucial moment comes, when emotions flared, when things seemed out of control, disengage yourself, step back, take a deep breath, and think of your priorities. Most of the time, you’ll be surprise to find out that you already hold the key.

*image credits to this website.

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