What is mindfulness?
“Mindfulness is the basic human ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we’re doing, and not overly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s going on around us.” – mindful.org
In simple terms – it’s being conscious or aware of something in the present moment.
Why Mindfulness Has Become an Important Part of My Life:
Back in late Summer/early Fall 2016 something happened knocked me down for a short time. I lost motivation to do what I love and began feeling like I wasn’t good enough. After a few weeks of feeling like this, I began my journey for personal growth.
Everyone needs those “low moments” to work on themselves, even though it may not seem like it at the time. Being a very high-strung person who likes to be in control, I was point where I felt I had lost everything. I began YouTubing guided meditations and affirmations, which at the time seemed like a weird thing to do, but something was pushing me to do it. I had always been interested in learning more about the practice, although like most, never took the time out of my day to actually do it. This time felt different – I had nothing to lose!
Don’t dwell on situations – what’s the point? As they say – always move forward, never look back!
For awhile I didn’t think I was doing it right, but was determined to learn why people think mindfulness is so great. As I began to practice more and more, I started to understand what the practice of both meditation and mindfulness really are. After practicing for a few weeks, it suddenly became those few minutes a day where I could let myself really feel. I could be aware of my feelings and emotions in the present moment – good or bad. It was the first time I began to feel truly connected with myself, even in those uncomfortable moments that many choose to avoid.
After a month, it became routine. I began to notice the days I didn’t ground myself and take the time to be fully with myself – even if was only for as little as two minutes a day. The days I skip, I definitely feel more high-strung and am more aware of when I don’t take a moment to slow down.
Of course, the most difficult part is finding that consistancy. I recommend doing it when you first wake up in the morning. Before you look at your phone and begin thinking of all that needs to be accomplished that day, take ten minutes to do you! If I’m feeling really short on time, I’ll even do it for as little as 3-5 minutes!
Do you ever have those days that were so crazy you look back hardly know what happened? Story of my life – before discovering this!
I’ve still very new to this, but it wasn’t until I found practicing the act of mindfulness that I’ve become a happier and more productive person on a daily basis. When I started being constant and focusing on what I wanted for myself, amazing things really started coming in my direction. I’m truly grateful for that “low” that make me feel uncomfortable to learn more about myself. I’m thankful for what I went through to discover something so truly amazing, it really brought me up higher than ever! (So thank you to the people who made that low possible)
As I continue writing more articles on the topic, I want to keep everything in simple terms and alway from all that “hippy dippy” stuff that most people associate with mindfulness, meditation and personal growth! If you told me a year ago that I’d be into this, I would have laughed in your face because that’s what I always thought about it. It’s honestly been a life changing discovery and I’m so excited to share more with you.
It’s so important to have a balanced lifestyle rooted in both health and happiness.
Learn to love yourself – that’s who you’ll be spending the rest of your life with! <3
Check out one of my favourite TED Talks that will easily allow you learn more about meditation and mindfulness in under 15 minutes. I don’t want to overload you with information on this topic, so please check this out and I’ll have a Part Two post up very soon!
Which will you choose mind full or mindful?