Becoming mindful is learning self-regulation of attention and accepting the present moment without judgement.
Sometimes, just BEING, is exactly what you need to do and should be doing. With time and a conscious effort, I stopped multitasking, I changed how I write my to-do list which changed expectations of my day and being present and fully in the moment became a priority.
The Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkley defines mindfulness as “maintaining a moment-by-moment awareness of our thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, and surrounding environment. Mindfulness also involves acceptance, meaning that we pay attention to our thoughts and feelings without judging them—without believing, for instance, that there’s a “right” or “wrong” way to think or feel in a given moment.”
Research says, mindfulness can boost the immune system, increase positive emotions, fosters compassion, reduces aggression and behavior problems in schools, and can reduce the symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn, Professor of Medicine Emeritus and creator of the Stress Reduction Clinic and the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, says, “we can change our relationship with our emotions and with the actuality of things in ways that are healing.”
By making just a few changes and reframing my intentions from doing to simply being.
What happened when I made mindfulness a priority?
I felt more relaxed more often. There was less pressure in the present moment.
Always being on the go and doing is physically and mentally exhausting. The more present I became and mindful with what I was doing, the more energy I had.
I became more connected with the people around me and strengthen relationships.
MAKING CONNECTIONS WITH PEOPLE SHOULD NOT BE A PART OF MULTITASKING.
I accomplished more and was more effective at doing the things I wanted to do.
My actions were more in alignment with my priorities.
Mindfulness is awareness for the present moment without judgement which helped me heal my relationship with my body.
I expanded my awareness of the present moment.
Being mindful during an activity I developed a greater connection and awareness of my body which increased the enjoyment of the activity and decreased risk of injury.
I developed a meaningful appreciation for the little details in life that are often missed.
My heart and mind are more aware of the feelings associated with the moment and the memories being made.
Time suddenly stopped feeling like it was always zooming by.
I’m acutely aware of my thoughts and my focus is entirely based on what I am experiencing at that moment in time.
Mindfulness takes me from subconsciously doing to a state of being.
Mindfulness was [and is] an integral part of recovering from an eating disorder.
Developing mindfulness isn’t easy. There are times when the bombardment of all that is going on in life makes mindfulness feel impossible. Mindfulness takes time, a lot of patience, self-kindness and a conscious effort, but it’s worth it.
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