Has anyone spent some time being mindful? Is it changing anything for you? It can feel really weird at first but that’s okay! We all gotta start somewhere.
I always get some push back when I suggest that someone practice mindfulness or any other meditation technique. It’s always uncomfortable to start something new, especially if it is the opposite of what we’re used to doing.
One common argument is that when we spend time in the here-and-now, how can we possibly be paying attention to things that need to take place in the future?
This is a clever idea that we use to get out of doing our mindfulness work. And sometimes it works!
DON’T FALL FOR IT!
Remember what I said about this feeling counterintuitive?
Practicing mindfulness is exactly what gives us the opportunity to properly handle life’s challenges.
Remaining mindful does not mean you ignore your responsibilities. It doesn’t mean that you don’t remember your lessons from the past or plan for the future.
So what does it do?
It makes all those things easier.
Being mindful gives you the time and opportunity to make choices that align with your values and personal vision.
As you continue with your mindful practice, you’ll find yourself resisting in different ways. This is what your notebook is for. WHen you take mindful moments and find yourself feeling an emotion, write it down. Journal about what is coming up for you.
A lot of people seem to think that these practices mean all we talk about is rainbows and unicorns.
What we’re really doing is giving ourselves the time and attention we need to live our best lives.