Mindfulness is adopting a new mindset that will alter your outlook on life and your mood. It is about being aware in every possible moment and accepting ourselves, whilst keeping a non judgemental state.
Mindfulness is not a quick fix however, if mindset exercises are applied and reinforced on a daily basis the results will alter your life. This is why it is great treatment for stress, anxiety and depression as it eventually creates a permanent change.
Practising mindfulness does not have to take hours out of your day. Some of these mindset exercises can be done in 5 minutes. The key is to learn to live more consciously and accept yourself and your life.
For those of you who do not know, I am currently studying a Mindfulness diploma and have actively practised mindfulness in my life for the past 5 months. Therefore I know first hand that the following mindset shifts will help change your life.
Living in the present moment
Do not waste your energy holding onto the past or worrying about the future. All that matters right now is this moment. Paying more attention in the present moment heightens our consciousness. Keeping a non judgemental outlook on ourselves and others allows us to observe our bodily and emotional responses. This stops us from being a slave to our own thoughts and the emotions they generate.
Breathing awareness is fantastic for helping with anxiety attacks. The deep slow breathing automatically puts your body into a relaxing and calming state. Our mind, body and soul are all connected, once your body starts to relax your mind will too and you can work on focusing your thoughts and energy. This exercise can be done any time anywhere and is the same breathing technique I use in meditation. It is also worth noting that it does not just need to be used when you are feeling worried or stressed etc.
I end every day with a gratitude list of 5 things I am grateful for. Being grateful in life leads us to feel more optimistic, increases self-esteem and gives us a positive mental attitude. Being grateful for what you have focuses your energy and happiness in the present and stops you from feeling animosity towards what you do not have. The law of attraction also teaches us that once we are grateful, positive and harmonious with what we have we will attract more things into our life that will make us feel those emotions.
Learn to meditate
Meditation along with yoga is a great exercise to bring calmness and peace to your mind and body. It will help you refocus scattered thoughts, reduces stress and allows you to focus and challenge your energy. There are hundreds of exercises meditation can be used for different outcomes and achievements.
The mind is like an energy generator so if it is filled with negative thoughts and you allow yourself to get deeper and deeper into those negative thoughts you will attract more. Internal awareness is being aware of your thoughts and taking control of them. Notice what is happening around you and what is triggering any negative emotion or thoughts. Be aware of your thoughts, environment, feelings and bodily sensations. Internal reflection is used to gain a deeper understanding.
External awareness are factors out of your control that affect you for example
Someones actions towards you
Something happening in your life
A situation between other people in your life
With mindfulness practise we accept what we can not change and understand that our true power is controlling how we react to external factors. Learn to let go of the causes of suffering like attachment to an outcome. Do not cling to any suffering, know that life comes with suffering. It is about acceptance.
External awareness will take time and is not easy. However once you have mastered this and live by it your life will forever altar.
Sending love and light,