Conscious Connections: What They Are and Their Benefits

You might be wondering what it’s all about conscious connections.

For us, for Happians, it is one of the six core areas of personal growth along with purpose, self-knowledge, vital flexibility, healthy living, and quality time.

    The Nature of Conscious Connections

    Conscious connections encompass essential aspects such as attentional focus, will, intention, assertive communication, empathy…

    In short, this term refers to a life connected to the present and oriented towards single-tasking, as opposed to mainstream multitasking. It consists of the interactions and connections we make on a personal, social and professional level, occur from awareness and presence, both in the digital environment and face to face.

    This term is also a way of uniting the word consciousness (something ethereal and abstract) with the current and tangible world of new technologies, a world of digital connections for the most part; an overstimulated and hyperactive world which by inertia can lead us to overload and unconsciousness (or low awareness) in day-to-day decisions, reactions and communications.

    Authentic and real connection, conscious connection, takes time, depth and attention. Think for a moment about the people or activities that you feel most connected to… It is only by joining these three elements that we can truly connect with others and with what we do.

      What effects does it have on quality of life?

      Think about it for a moment. When we devote time and attention to something, we delve deeper into that topic, allowing us to connect authentically.

      If we relate to the world and to others from superficiality and immediacy, we will hardly feel satisfied.. We will hardly be able to manage our emotions and our problems, or we will do so from the reactivity and impulsiveness, generated by the automatic, the urgent and the instantaneous. We will be dependent on the environment, instead of acting with calm and will.

      The importance of caring

      One of the three elements that was mentioned is attention and probably the most important of all. Attention is fundamental in everything we do and feel, because it is psychic energy that orders and directs our activity. Attention is what it allows the rest of the cognitive and emotional processes to occur and coordinate with a common goal.

      However, our attention often fluctuates involuntarily, drawn to novelty and more powerful stimuli from the environment or our mind, if we do not consciously manage it. We think about the past or the future most of the time and we miss the opportunity to enjoy the present, which is really the only thing we can act on and the most real thing we have.

      In this sense, there is a tool or technique that everyone knows, at least by name, which allows, among other things, to train attention in order to lead a fuller and more conscious life: mindfulness.

        Characteristics of Mindfulness

        Although most of the concepts and techniques that mindfulness encompasses have their origins in ancient traditions such as Buddhism, it was not until the 1970s and 1980s that, the work of John Kabat-Zinn and the popularization of his collective program “Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction”this term began to be used as it is understood today.

        There are many different definitions of mindfulness, but in Happians we particularly like the one from Kabat-Zinn himself who says that “mindfulness is about paying attention to the internal and external experiences of the present moment, accepting them without judging them.

        Over the past decade, mindfulness has grown tremendously, reaching virtually every corner of the planet and in every environment and area of ​​our lives. This huge popularity is due in part to the broad scientific base that supports the enormous benefits of mindfulness.

        The physical, psychological and emotional changes it produces, have been verified and demonstrated over and over again in studies of very different types and in countries around the world. By bringing this scientific basis and this credibility to practices and techniques already known and experienced, a powerful symbiosis has been created between science and tradition which has resulted in a strong consolidation of mindfulness as a transversal and fundamental tool for improvement. well-being. and self-knowledge. And everything from training to mindfulness.

          Mind wandering

          With regard to attention, although the opposite of mindfulness, we find a phenomenon called mental wandering, which allows us to reaffirm the enormous influence of this cognitive ability on our lives.

          Mental wandering has no concrete translation, it would be something like wandering mind or wandering of the mind. Refers to all those moments when the mind works “alone” and jumps from one subject to another, without apparent order or interest. These are situations in which we remember random things from the past that come to us or think about in the future, but without any specific purpose or purpose, simply raving, speculating, or revisiting moments involuntarily.

          According to some studies, mind wandering accounts for 50% of total mental activity during the time we are awake and it mainly appears when we do routine or highly automated activities (running, driving, showering…), which allow the mind to have space to connect seemingly disconnected concepts, question pre-established ideas, or simply imagine other possible lives. It is a mental activity that can encourage creativity and humor, but also ruminate and disconnect from the present, from the surrounding reality.

          Therefore, we see that it has a positive side and a negative side: on the positive side, it helps us to go beyond the routine, to imagine new possibilities that we can then try to achieve, to laugh, to get excited, to have brilliant and innovative ideas. ideas…; on the negative side, it can lead to dispersion, unreality or lack of concentration.

          Mental wandering is a controversial phenomenon very present in our lives and it is directly linked to consciousness, well-being and happiness.

          In fact, Killingsworth and Gilbert used a mobile app to study the relationship between happiness and mind wandering in real time in the lives of several thousand people and found it was associated with lower levels of happiness. In other words, in most cases, participants they reported feeling happier or just better when they were busy doing activities or chores, instead of just resting or doing nothing concrete. On the other hand, they also found that there was an increase in mental wandering when people were bored, sad, or stressed.

          As a conclusion…

          In conclusion, we can say that Living a mindful and connected life of presence is a key ingredient to our well-being.

          In addition, we will be more efficient and we will be able to do more things, with better results and feeling better. Conscious connections are a way of being and relating to the world, to what we do and to others, which allows us to live in the present and make the most of it.

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