Let’s talk a bit more about mindfulness…
I started off this year with a blog about mindfulness practice by proposing a few questions to boost awareness of what you want more or less of in the new year, as well as what actions are aligned with your MORE list, and to create clarity around your rules/definitions so that you can more easily notice all the good that you’re creating throughout the year…so you aren’t stuck in the distractions caused by life’s ups/downs as much.
Mindfulness is essentially awareness, or a higher level of conscious awareness. In this video I explain the basis and benefits of a mindfulness practice that involves self-inquiry and observation…or simply checking in on yourself, noticing, or paying attention to how you feel, think, etc… There are other ways to practice mindfulness, including meditation, journaling, and gratitude expression; but checking in on yourself is something you already know how to do…you simply have to put it to work for you. achieved through the art of asking and observing. That is one of the simplest ways you can practice mindfulness, self-inquiry and observation without judgment.
You can practice mindfulness through self-inquiry and observation… The great news is that this type of mindfulness practice is something you can just practice along with normal daily activities – you don’t even have to set aside time to be mindful, you can just do it when you notice things throughout the day. Like noticing negative thoughts, that you just snapped at a loved one for seemingly no reason, or that you feel really crappy or down on yourself. It’s not *just* noticing, but it begins with noticing, or observing and acknowledging without judgment. I’m going to outline the steps in the process, how it may look and be applied in real life, and provide resources to make it as simple as possible in the next video/blog post.
For now, let’s continue discussing the benefits of mindfulness practice in this application so you know why in the world you would want to be mindful…
When you practice mindfulness you develop a greater ability to tend to your own needs…which is essentially what self-care is when it isn’t over-used and applied to everything (there’s a video about that!). The ability to identify and tend to your own needs will improve how you feel and show up in the world, as well as lower your overwhelm and/or stress levels. Knowing what you need is the first step in having your needs met, which leads to fulfillment and more pleasure in life!
Mindfulness provides the ability to exercise more free-will through conscious choice, instead of being trapped in your subconscious patterns that are choosing FOR YOU – like your relationships with others, your self worth, if you feel joy, hopeless, or stuck. These patterns are old and keep you feeling sick and tired and STUCK. They are mostly energy and emotions but they can create physiological, biochemical, and neurological patterns that cause very real symptoms in your body, mind, and life. These patterns are why no matter how hard you try to feel better, create something new, or whatever you work so hard for…you find yourself right back where you started, that familiar discomfort of pain, anxiety, relationship endings, negative self-talk, self-sabotage, or feeling like you aren’t getting anywhere…they steal your ability to create and choose, which is essentially taking away your free-will.
Mindfulness practice improves clarity, helps you identify your feelings, needs, and motivations…
Mindfulness practice raises your awareness and provides a tool to help you CHOOSE where to put your time, attention, focus, and energy…or redirect it where you want more of, even when life’s ups/downs come along and pull you away.
Mindfulness improves self-relationship, it helps you identify and redefine the rules/conditions you apply to yourself and to be more aware of your self-talk so that you can repair your relationship with YOU. It can be a powerful tool to turn yourself into your own best friend and advocate.
Other benefits of mindfulness practice include: increased intuition, improved self-trust, improved overall psychological/physical well-being…and increased empathy and compassion for yourself and others.
Like every.other.thing in the world, the more regularly and ongoing you practice, the easier/better it gets AND you benefit more from it. Reaping the benefits of mindfulness require that you commit to an ongoing, regular practice…and that you are kind to yourself if/when you forget/miss a day, so that you support yourself getting right back to it.
The next post and video will cover the HOW, including simple steps to implement mindfulness using self-inquiry and observation, as well as tips to implement mindfulness into your daily routine and what real life application of this practice may look like. There will also be a list of questions, a starting point of reference to get you started with self-inquiry.
When I started this practice, not only did I not know what to ask, but I didn’t know the answers either. I didn’t have resources when I started, nor did I have a guide. I now know that when you start a mindfulness practice, you are not IN a state of higher awareness (aka, mindfulness) – you are right where you are, and that’s okay. Each and every one of us is where we are at any given part of our journey, and that’s perfectly normal! In the early stages of trying to be more mindful, I used to feel frustrated with myself and with the process…because I didn’t know what the process was and I didn’t have any help. Now I want to make sure that YOU understand the process, especially the early stages so you know that you are on-track with benefiting from mindfulness practice AND so you don’t have to struggle to achieve a higher level of conscious awareness and/or self-awareness the way I did.
If you are ready to learn more about how to implement a mindfulness practice, and what it might look like in real life, join me in the next blog post and/or video!
Here is the video if you’d like to watch:
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