Bismillahir rahmanir raheem
Being mindful seems like a new concept to the world but, from an Islamic perspective, mindfulness is a practice ingrained in everything that we do.
Actions are but by intentions and every man shall have only that which he intended – Narrated by Umar ibn Al Khattab in Bukhari & Muslim
By being aware of our actions, we are rewarded for what we intended or are ‘mindful’ of. In a society that is overloaded with phone pollution, noise pollution, TV pollution etc, it can be difficult to be mindful but hopefully, these 6 steps will help.
DON’T OVER-SCHEDULE YOURSELF
Life is busy. There’s no mystery there but we are constantly on the go, being forced to multi-task to get everything done. Over-scheduling causes many hazards such as making mistakes you wouldn’t usually make or simply burning yourself out with all the pressure.
Be realistic with what you can and cannot fit into a day rather than trying to binge on your tasks all at once. Ihsan (excellence) should be a pre-requisite to everything, not just an after thought.
TAKE A BREAK
We’ve all been there! The urge to say “I’ll sit here for 2 hours and get it all done in one.”
As great as an idea it may seem, you may be doing yourself a great injustice. Studies have shown that taking a brief mental break during prolonged tasks improves performance. This in essence is all about being mindful of your own self and productivity levels.
So take a little walk, watch an inspirational YouTube video (but don’t get caught in a loop) or get yourself a little snack and come back energised and ready to go again!
PUT THOUGHT INTO EACH ACTION
We rush through our days soo quickly, we sometimes fail to put thought into our actions.
Why do we do certain habits? Are we even aware that we’re going them? By being mindful and putting thought into our everyday actions, we can reconnect with why we do them and ultimately eliminate that practice if it’s something harmful or negative.
Being present in the moment is a beautiful thing. Just to take note of the breeze on your face, taking a moment to be grateful as you get into your car or feeling the cold side of the pillow are some really simple ways to be present. Even when we communicate we should be present. The Prophet (saw) would turn his body fully when communicating with people so they knew he was listening.
By taking the time to appreciate where we are right at that moment will increase your gratitude for your current position. You were gifted that moment to live and reflect, not to pass it by in haste.
ENJOY YOUR FOOD
Whether it’s a sandwich on the go or an energy bar, we often don’t get the time to enjoy our food. Allah swt blessed us with an abundance of produce to enjoy however, we often sort to fast food or ‘healthy’ snacks to fill our stomachs.
Eat of the good things which We have provided for you – Surah Baqarah ayah 172
Having the blessing of food and being able to enjoy it is one way of increasing your mindfulness. Take a moment, enjoy each and every mouthful.
And (remember) when your Lord proclaimed: ‘If you give thanks, I will give you more (of My Blessings); but if you are thankless, verily, My punishment is indeed severe’ – Ibraheem ayah 7
Gratitude is, in my opinion, one of the key components of being mindful. No matter where we are in life, from an Islamic perspective, we should be grateful. Anything that’s good or bad comes from Allah swt and any tests we are faced with are only put there to improve us as people.
Every situation is transient and doesn’t last forever, and for that we should be grateful. Even if you don’t see the light at the end of the tunnel I can assure you it’s there, just be patient and try your best!
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