Sunday, July 13, 2014

Mindfulness...


Happy Sunday!!!

Well, I attended a self-care training for work a few months ago and the facilitator introduced me to the concept of "mindfulness". I was accustomed to being grateful, faithful, and thankful but mindful? Not so much. Sure I knew what it meant to be mindful on a very basic level but not as a daily practice to support my overall health and well-being.

Ok, so here's a little background information...
"Mindfulness means 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. When we practice mindfulness, our thoughts tune into what we’re sensing in the present moment rather than rehashing the past or imagining the future.
Though it has its roots in Buddhist meditation, the practice of mindfulness has entered the American mainstream in recent years."

As a former mental health therapist this kind of stuff really intrigues me! Simply put, mindfulness causes you to slow down your process and take time to feel and sense. Simply taking the time to hear your own breathing can be calming. Because we live in such a fast paced society, we often forget to enjoy the simple things...to think, feel, smell, imagine, hear...

Although mindfulness originated as a Buddhist practice, it is useful to everyone regardless of our religion. As a Christian, mindfulness is extremely helpful in my prayer and study time. Often times, we can not hear God clearly because of all the noise in our minds. Mindfulness not only helps me tune into my own thoughts and feelings but also my inner being...the spirit of God. The bible encourages believers to "meditate on the word" because its only in those quiet moments, that we hear clearly and become one with the Word. When was the last time you took the time to meditate on God's goodness? Our prayer time should not consist of just talking (and complaining) to God but also listening and meditating as well...

So, I encourage you to add mindfulness to your daily routine. It will not only help you clear your mind but it was also fortify your spirit.

Be blessed ☺

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