Your thoughts don’t have your best interest at heart.
Like mischievous children demanding your attention, your thoughts scream Watch me! Pay attention to me!
Those pesky suckers play on an endless loop in your head especially in the middle of the night when you should be fast asleep.
There is something you can do. Through mindfulness practices, such as mindfulness meditation, it is possible to create a more constructive relationship with your thoughts.
Your life is complicated. Meditation is simple.
WHAT IS MINDFULNESS?
Mindfulness is an awareness of your present situation as it is, not as you prefer it to be.
The ability to accept and acknowledge the present turns out to be a remarkably useful skill. Focus, clarity and composure increase. Stress, anxiety and self-doubt decrease. Surprisingly, this circumstance of being in touch with oneself, allows deeper and more meaningful connections with others.
In the same way exercise increases your endurance and strengthens your muscles, mindfulness practices increase your focus, clarity and composure. These practices are just that – practice.
If you tell me you’re deciding whether or not to divorce your husband, or you’re struggling with your newly teenaged daughter, or you’re looking for your best friend’s murderer, chances are I’ll tell you to try meditation.
Meditation is only one technique to become more mindful. Learn other mindfulness techniques to decrease anxiety, enhance listening skills and be less reactive.
The Burden of Being Positive
Mindfulness is about slowing down and being aware of what you’re experiencing and not about trying to force an attitude of positivity. Practice focusing on the present even amidst the height of the pandemic and learn you can tolerate uncomfortable feelings.