Hello beautiful people, happy Easter Monday!
It's Monday and you know what that means... Another blog post! Today i'll be discussing mindfulness and the journey to being more mindful in our everyday life.
Let's start off by sharing what mindfulness even means (It sounds like just a random word but there's more to it). Mindfulness essentially is a psychological act that brings our attention to things such as our experiences and other action that might be occurring in the present moment.
The reason mindfulness could be hard at times for some people lies in a few factors:
- Not willing to do the work it takes to sit in stillness and be still in their thoughts
- Not feeling comfortable with one’s own thoughts, emotions or feelings
- Not willing to focus
- Not willingness to slow down long enough to be alone with whatever comes to mind
When we can be more willing to allow ourselves to let these things happen, we as individuals can experience exponential truth and growth with ourselves.
I'm not going to seat here and say I don't have troubles at time. I do find it a little challenging from time to time, being able to get my focus on the things from the list above, let alone managing them appropriately. For the past two weeks my mindfulness practice had been swept under the carpet as I had a few changes in life that occurred. I have just been getting back into the full swing of things. Inviting God into my mindfulness helped me to structure my mind appropriately. I missed being conscious of what filled my mind, noticing and noting what typically I happened to be perceiving. Feeling and intentional thinking about the present. It's good to have gotten the ball rolling again.
Mindfulness has so many benefits, here are just a few:
- Increase awareness
- Increase clarity in perception, thoughts and thinking
- Increase focus and attention
- Increase consciousness of self
To reap these benefits all it takes, is to get started with mindfulness. Just start right now, just in the soil you are on now. Rooted in the now moment. I find practicing gratitude, thanking God for what I have in the now moment a huge game changer. It's all about perspective. Accepting what is whilst I work on improving or changing things, rather than trying to change everything overnight (things don't work like that). Mindfulness is definitely not about control. Mindfulness is more about letting go.
I'd say its best to start off by letting go of any expectations. Find a quiet space for some stillness, you can either do this in the morning or night. It doesn't have to be long at all, It could be as little as 4 minutes. How long you spend isn't where the benefits are reaped! Just a few moments can bring huge levels of some major clarity, which will help build a solid foundation for your days and weeks.
Remember, when you find yourselves lost in your thoughts randomly, bring your mind to your original intentions, maybe even laugh at how difficult you are finding it. It's a process, you wont get it right every single time and that's okay, 80/20 (a blogpost for another day). Don't be too hard on yourselves.