Mindfulness, do you feel like this is the new “buzz” word?

I hear it all the time now on how we have to be mindful but do you know how to be mindful and how it can change your life?

I have adopted being mindfulness in my life and it has been life-changing and everyone else I speak to also described the change as life-changing. It is powerful and life changing when you realise you are not your thoughts.

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Your thoughts are not your reality, they are just a story and your interpretation of that story.

The definition of mindfulness:

1. The quality or state of being conscious or aware of something.

2. A mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations, used as a therapeutic technique.

Shoulda, coulda, woulda

One of the most powerful things that I learned when I started my mindfulness journey is that my thoughts are not my reality and that there is no need to sweat the small stuff, so I wanted to share 5 different ways it can change your life and invite you to give it a try and see what happens.

Being mindful or living in the moment can take some practice as often we live with shoulda, coulda, woulda and we are too busy focusing on the past or worrying about the future.

We are too busy being busy and allow little or no time to enjoy the present moment.

Yet, the most important thing is what you are doing now, a moment can change your day, a day can change a life.

Cultivating mindfulness has a number of benefits:

1. It reduces stress

2. Boosts immune function

3. Reduces chronic pain;

4. Lowers blood pressure and

5. Reduces the risk of heart disease.

Mindfulness may even slow the progression of some illnesses.

5 Ways Mindfulness Can Change Your Life

1. Become more open and engaged: The more aware we are of our current experiences we are able to connect with others and become more open and engaged with them, one of the greatest gifts you can give someone else is your time and attention.

2. Focus and Enjoy the present: during a study, when people took a few minutes each day to actively savour something they usually hurried through—eating a meal, drinking a cup of tea, walking to the bus—they began experiencing more joy, happiness, and other positive emotions, and fewer depressive symptoms.

Experiencing, enjoying and savouring what you are doing right now forces you into the present, so you stop worrying about the things that aren’t really there.

3. You appreciate things more

When you pay attention to what is happening in the moment, you see beauty where you didn’t notice it before. You notice growth and change and learn not to sweat the small stuff.

how mindfulness can change your life_24. Boosts your awareness: Breathing promotes mindfulness, and boosts your awareness and increases the gap between emotional impulse and action, allowing you to respond thoughtfully rather than automatically.

So stop and breathe…there is no better way to bring yourself into the present moment than to focus on your breathing, this helps you feel more calm and centred.

5. Acceptance: moving toward rather than away from something.

Focusing on a problem in order to overcome it, often makes it worse. When faced with pain the natural thing we do is to attempt to avoid it, the problem with this is that we have secondary as well as primary emotions, emotions about other emotions.

We get stressed out and then think, “I wish I weren’t so stressed out.” The primary emotion is stress over your workload. The secondary emotion is feeling, “I hate being stressed.”

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The solution to this is acceptance, just observe the emotion and let it go, don’t judge it, cling to it, or push it away.

The present moment can only be as it is. Trying to change it only frustrates and exhausts you. Acceptance relieves you of this needless suffering and stress.

Living a consistently mindful life does take effort to begin with but then it will become your new way of life and the rewards are immense.

Remember you can become mindful at any moment just by paying attention to your immediate experience. You can do it right now. Become aware of the present moment, focus on the words and breathe as you’re reading this, you’re living in the moment. Nothing happens next.

It’s not a destination. This is it. You’re already there.

Take care of yourself!

I would love to hear from you to find out how you are getting on, if you would like a free mindfulness meditation connect with me by clicking hereHow Mindfulness Can Change Your Life

If you are ready and have a desire to embrace and find wholeness in your life then connect with me and find out how I can help create a bespoke plan for you, and get you started on your wellness journey straightaway.

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