Every morning we are born again. What we do today is what matters most.
What is mindfulness? Mindfulness is a mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment. In other words, it’s being present with experience.
There are many benefits to being mindful, including improving:
- Overall well-being (less likely to get caught up in worry, doubt & fears)
- Physical health (relieve stress, treat heart disease, improve sleep, etc.)
- Mental health (help with depression, substance abuse, eating disorders, etc.)
Why do we have a hard time being mindful?
There are many reasons why being mindful is hard, but today I’ll speak on three of them:
- You don’t really understand what it is. Mindfulness is not about moving through life in a happy haze. It’s about choosing to pay attention to the moment with kindness and curiosity. It’s about noticing when your mind has wandered and bringing it back to what’s right in front of you.
- You’re too distracted and don’t make time to do it. It really doesn’t take a lot of effort. You can take a deep breath before you hit the SEND button, or notice your breathing while standing in line, or even notice a wandering mind while in a meeting.
- You’re only practicing when you’re upset. The more you practice paying attention to the present moment when you’re calm and happy, the easier and more effective it’ll be when you’re freaking out.
Today’s transformational tips will help you practice mindfulness:
- Relax about the future, and let it go. Instead, make an active commitment to enjoy this day a little more. It is very difficult to accomplish anything when you are stressed over the outcome. When you relax and get peaceful, you become inspired and efficient.
- Remember that what you think about expands. Since you have the power to make your inner world work for you or against you, use it to create the images of bliss that you want to occur in your material world. Eventually, that inner bliss will be the blueprint that you consult as the architect of your everyday life.
- Develop the ability to witness your thoughts by stepping back and watching them enter and exit your mind. Just observing the flow of thoughts wills low the mind down to the still point where you can experience God.
You have more control of your life than you realize. It just requires being in the present moment and focus on what you want in that moment.