We hear the word “mindfulness” often in today’s culture. But do we really understand what it means? Being mindful is not just a word; it’s a way of life. It is the ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we’re doing – to try not to become overwhelmed by what’s going on around us. It would be amazing if we learned to practice mindfulness throughout our everyday lives. (I am often guilty of behaving mindlessly while driving, when I find myself at a stop sign and forget which direction I was going!) What if we simply start practicing mindfulness by learning to tap into our inner tools?
“It is not that mindfulness is the ‘answer’ to all life’s problems. Rather, it is that all life’s problems can be seen more easily through the lens of a clear mind.”
If you can take this brilliant idea and start to become aware of your breath and thoughts, you will begin to look at things differently. You will be more open to accepting where you are right now instead of resisting it.
When you start to be present with your thoughts, you develop a sense of awareness about your life, conflicts, and relationships. Circumstances that may have seemed nebulous in the past are suddenly clear. Your judgment is no longer clouded, leading to better choices.
You start to feel more empowered to focus on what you can control and less on what you can’t.
You become more aware of and connected to your mind, body, and soul, which encompass your inner knowing. If you listen closely enough, your soul holds all the answers.