Published 27 September 2017 Category: Compass Tips

Build Your Mindfulness (Without Meditation)

A quick google search of the word “mindfulness” produces results around meditation. There’s apps to follow, there’s online articles on best practices, there’s meditation retreats you can sign up for, and there are the psychological, mood-boosting benefits of mindfulness.

Let’s define mindfulness:
mind·ful·ness - (ˈmīn(d)f(ə)lnəs/) - noun: mindfulness - the quality or state of being conscious or aware of something (or) a mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations, used as a therapeutic technique.

Mindfulness is all about focusing on the moment.
There’s a huge emphasis on this concept today because of how easy it is to get lost in the noise and frivolity of social media, entertainment, and the internet. Meditation is a great way to build mindfulness. However, that’s not the only way you can become more mindful. For a start, try these:

Reading
Warren Buffett, one of the richest men in the world, is a huge reading buff. In fact, he touts that reading 500 pages a day is a key contributing factor to his success. Another bookworm is Tony Robbins. Robbins is a world-famous life coach and entrepreneur, and once read 700 books in 7 years to exponentially grow his knowledge in psychology. The reading habits of Tony Robbins and Warren Buffett already seem out of this world. But let’s have some fun with a bit of calculation…

According to a ReadingSoft.com, the average person reads at 200 words per minute (wpm). According to Meg Cabot, #1 New York Times bestselling author, most adult books contain 90,000–100,000 words. Cabot further explains the average words per page is between 250–300 words. Assuming we read at the pace of 200 wpm, let’s apply these numbers into the reading habits of Buffett and Robbins.

To read like Warren Buffett, we would need to read for 750 minutes or 12 1/2 hours per day. That’s (300 words per page X 500 pages) / 200 wpm = 750 minutes

The time it would take us to read like Tony Robbins, it would take you 350,000 minutes or 5,833 hours or 243 days of consecutive, non-stop reading. That’s (700 books X 100,000 words) / 200 wpm = 350,000 minutes. That’s a lot of reading time.

This is where Speed reading comes into play. Speed reading is a skill people are actively trying to get better at. For example, there are Chrome Extensions like Spreed or Reedy, that help you develop this skill.

Hiking
People tend to use hiking as a means to escape the chaos and hectic moments of city and suburban life. Hiking is also a great time to build your mindfulness. You can do so by taking in your environment. It doesn’t get any more serene than being outdoors observing the sights and sounds of nature.

Journaling
Journaling is a technique that successful people like Mark Twain, Thomas Jefferson, and George Lucas practice. Usually it’s stream of consciousness writing to tap into your current mental state and jot down whatever you’re feeling.

Public Speaking
Statistically speaking, most people fear public speaking. Public speaking can be scary, and there are a variety of ways to make it easier and less fearful. Once you get the hang of it, it can be a meditative experience. Here’s how.

For instance, you are at a presentation – your mind is racing as you speak, you’re nervous – but you are fully aware. It is only human that you tend to become concerned with things you cannot control, that is - ‘What are people thinking about me right now? How do they feel about my speech?’

However, you can combat the negative emotions by being mindful of your content and remembering that for the 5–10 minutes you are up on that stage, you are the star. You command their attention.

By being mindful of the experience, you will suppress and overcome any insecurities.