I realized something the other day. It was another aha moment, and I’ve been having many of them since practicing mindfulness. Mainly due to looking within my own mind, watching myself, and being open to whatever pops up in there. To be more aware of the things we tell ourselves is critical to living a healthy, mindful, and authentic lifestyle.
We all face daily challenges, and life isn’t about being positive all of the time. However, how much energy is being drained from your body on a daily basis from the untrue thoughts you’re telling yourself?
That you’re not enough, that you’re never going to be normal, that you’re never going to pay off your debt, that you’re never going to be successful, that you’re never going to have the body that you want, that you’re never going to be able to take control of your nutrition, that you’re never going to meet the right people, and on and on and on and on.
It can go on all day, am I right? Do you ever take the time to watch your own mind? To pay a deeper attention to the things you say and habitually do on a daily basis?
I want you to try something for me, and would love for you to share what you think. By practicing mindfulness, we allow some space for all thoughts to be. We’re not trying to stop thoughts or not trying to force positive thoughts. Instead, we’re experiencing all of our thoughts fully and completely. We’re feeling them in our body, in our mind, and watching what comes up. By doing so, we’re allowing them to pass on their own as all thoughts pass.
Change occurs on it’s own time, when awareness increases in the self, by looking within, and being okay with the very thoughts that may sometimes control your actions. Experiencing these thoughts actually decreases these thoughts automatically without distracting the self, avoiding the thoughts, or pretending to feel a certain way.
It requires practice, though. So I want you to practice experiencing uncomfortable thoughts. I want you to feel when your mind is wandering and I want you to feel exactly what emotions are present. Notice all body sensations when doing so and become aware of the breath. Remembering to practice will be the hardest part. It takes time to see what I’m talking about, but if you’re interested, I really hope you put the effort in.
It’s challenging, the practice of non-doing and non-striving. However, by making time for such activities will allow things to occur more naturally. Goals will start to flow more naturally when the energy in your mind and body are connected deeper to the self.
This practice will show you things about your own mind and self that you never took the time to pay attention to before. You may find out that you’re not fully experiencing the present very often. That you’re somewhere else most of the time. It’s okay, we all have wandering/distracting thoughts. These thoughts are part of us, and no need to beat yourself up during this practice. This practice is about accepting how things are right now, including your thoughts and emotions.
As always, I’m here for you and offering a 5 week online mindfulness program getting started on Monday, August 7th. I’m hosting a free online training on Monday, July 31st from 8:30-9:30pm CT and you can sign up by clicking on the link below.
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Thank you for all the support, encouragement, and love!!! I’m sending it all right back to you.
Much loving energy coming your way,
Sarah Fast – Entrepreneur, Coach, Speaker