Mindfulness is not about calming the Mind or being positive. Mindfulness is about being pro-active with your mind. The thoughts and ideas in the mind can be trained with simple daily exercises to improve your well being.
What automatic behaviors are you looking to change? Do you behave first then wonder why? If you are willing to open your mind and be aware of what is happening you will get your life where you want. Consider that in order to change your life, how you want it, mindfulness exercises will challenge you to change. Your perspective may change, your attitude and even the way you feel about things.
1. Be an Observer. Watching your thoughts, your emotions, your body sensations and your intuition is a practice in and of itself. You are not your body or emotions. You are the consciousness that interacts with them. It may feel like you are taking a step backwards into a position of observation. From this position you can be more aware of what is happening rather than reacting without awareness. This step backwards is all you have to remember. The observation is often automatic. The mind or emotions may be the loudest and the busiest. Let them be. Just watch them. And when you are tired or satisfied with practicing being in the observer position choose what you’d like to do about what you’ve observed.
2. Awareness is a practice. There are varying amounts that you can have. It can start with the breath or an action, like eating or walking. Awareness can be a creative practice. Try exploring all of your senses. Look around, notice colors, shapes and what interests you. Smell the air around you. Feel the temperature on your skin, the ground beneath you, the objects you are wearing. Listen for sounds near and far. Notice what interests you and what bother you, if any.
3. Acceptance does not mean you like it. It doesn’t mean that you condone, agree, or think that it’s morally or ethically right. Acceptance means that you it accept the existence of what you are aware of. YES, THERE IT IS. Whatever the thought or experience you are having the exercise is the same.
After you become aware of something try asking yourself: Am I och with this? You’re answer can be NO so be honest with yourself. If it is NO then ask yourself again: Am I OK that I’m NOT OK? Each time you ask the question it’s like you are taking a step backward. Keep asking the question until you get a YES. You may tire of asking, you may wonder how many steps you have to take backwards. Take them until you feel to not practice this exercise anymore. Be present with your inner conflict and try being an Observer until you stop fighting then revisit Acceptance.
Mindfulness takes effort, it is work. You are retraining the way you operate and giving your consciousness a more fulfilling experience. The fulfillment achieved is the award and the benefits of the self-care, clearer choices, honesty and peace are a short list of the bonuses. Like most things practice makes perfect, practice makes things easier. We all want things to be easier. With the practice of mindfulness and these new, more loving exercises you may just surprise yourself with how quickly you do them without thinking about it.
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