Mindful Living F.A.Q.
What Is Mindful Living?
What is Mindful Living?
What Does Mindful Living Means?
Mindful living is being present in your life without judgment of the feeling, emotion or situation. I know how daunting that sounds, but it is easier and more fulfilling than you may imagine.
Why Practice Mindful Living?
Mindful living affects you mentally, physically and emotionally. It is an excellent stress reducer and the side benefit is it can be achieved without avoidance. It truly is a stress regulator; a handy feature to have indeed.
One of life’s biggest stressors is self inflicted and it is the way we perceive ourselves. Being mindful helps remove self criticism and the judgment we hold against ourselves. It also allows for clearing the mind from the negative thoughts of rejection and the eventual isolation from others due to it; being mindful makes it easier to identify and manage difficult emotions.
How to Get Started?
How do you get started with mindful living you may wonder, well everything in life starts with the breath. In through the nose (count to 5), hold for 2 seconds and exhale through the mouth (count to 5). Focus ONLY on the breath.
What Do I Change First?
The first thing we can change is our self awareness; being conscious. Your thoughts, words and actions affect others, so be considerate of how you are feeling around others. This reminds me of a quote from Lao Tzu and here it is:
“Watch your thoughts, they become your words; watch your words, they become your actions; watch your actions, they become your habits; watch your habits, they become your character; watch your character, it becomes your destiny.” (Lao Tzu)
Mindfulness is intentional and when it is practiced, we are more open and engaged, but when we are not applying mindfulness, we are closed and judgmental. Training ourselves to be mindful allows for living more freely.
The changes you may notice during this practice are:
- Self appreciation and self forgiveness facilitates the release of resentment towards you, this will also reduce stress from the past and anxiety about what is to come in the future.
- Clarity-if you meditate (especially daily), you will find yourself more relaxed and when we are relaxed and calm, it is easier to be focused and pay attention to the things that are truly important. This helps to prioritize what is indeed significant and essential to true happiness. Clarity also makes it easier to release the unhealthy attachments towards “things”
- Improvement in relationships, when we think better of ourselves, we think better of others.
- Gives way to gratitude distracting us from hardships from daily living. Being mindful supports us when things seem too difficult. Here is where magic happens; in misfortune, we can nurture mindfulness and realize that what we have are the blessings we may be ignoring.
- Gives confidence- removing negative self talk, fears, anger, regret and more creates self compassion, love and forgiveness. Once we can do these things, we can let go of what no longer serves us. That is the beauty of mindful living.