Mindfulness

It’s easy to become overwhelmed, overrun, overstimulated, overindulgent, overcommitted and left viewing everything in life as just out right over exaggerated. With all of this going on, it’s no wonder that we have issues taking a moment to just sit back and think about the things that contribute to all these feelings. There is no sense in trying to believe that all things are good, because honestly, sometimes things do happen that cause tension in our lives and leave us feeling wiped out. But, it’s important to note that sometimes the bad things that happen lead us to the path of some of the greatest moments and triumphs we will ever experience. Something is needed in our lives for us to recognize, acknowledge, and embrace this truth. It is mindfulness.

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Mindfulness is when we are nonjudgmental in our awareness of what is happening in the present moment. In this, we acknowledge, accept, and embrace our thoughts, feelings, and our senses as they are linked to these experiences in the present. The practice of mindfulness is destined to be inadequate if our focus remains on what happened in the past and what we are predicting will happen in the future. The past obviously cannot be changed and even with our best efforts towards the future, we are not guaranteed a specific outcome. What we can bet on is what is happening right now. It is real. It is the only truth. Being mindful gives us permission to bring about a certain consciousness to what we are doing, feeling, and thinking in the moment but not to the point of trying to stop or fight it. It is the practice of simply being aware of what is.

Staying present in the moment, isn’t just a cliché that is thrown around. The weight that it bares can help you stay grounded, grateful and geared to live your best life whether you are at work, at play, or at rest.

**To get you started with an easy mindfulness activity, try doing this at any point during the day. Sit and focus on your breathing for one full minute. Just one. Expect for your mind to wander, especially if you are new to this practice. When this happens, focus on the rise and fall of your chest when you breathe. Don’t hold on to any thought. Allow it to float away as your breath is the only thing of importance in this moment and you are mindful of what that feeling.

 

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