By Abby Cahoone, June 25th, 2018

In a world where your mind is going and going all day long, what does it mean to be mindful?

The Websters Dictionary definition of mindfulness is:

  1. The Quality or state of being mindful.
  2. The practice of maintaining a nonjudgmental state of heightened or complete awareness of one’s thoughts, emotions, or experiences on a moment-to-moment basis; also: such a state of awareness

Let’s break it down

First, we have the word mind, that which houses your everyday thoughts both conscious and subconscious.

Then we have the word fullness, a state of max (or close to) capacity.

When you are being mindful you are paying attention to what is filling the space in your mind, instead of allowing your thoughts to build off of themselves subconsciously. You make the conscious decision to be aware of your focus.

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Why is being Mindful Important?

It is estimated that a person can have anywhere from 25,000 to 50,00 thoughts per day. That’s a lot of activity going on in our minds. How many of these are you truly aware of though?

Our thoughts are very powerful, they shape our beliefs and our perspective of the world, as well as how we communicate with the world around us. You may find when you take the time to slow down and think through something before you do it or speak it, it is a much easier process than letting words fall out of your mouth before you even realize what you are saying.

There is energy behind every thought we have.

As you pay more attention to the thoughts flowing through your mind, you will notice they have a tendency to pick up momentum on themselves as you focus on them and more thoughts like the original one will pop into your brain. When you decide to be more mindful in your everyday life and pay attention to what you consciously choose to think, you can recognize when your mind starts to take a turn to the negative.

By being aware that you may be creating more than you need to in your mind (ex. allowing a “what if” scenario to play through your mind over and over again making you anxious or worried) you will find living a more positive lifestyle is pretty easy and begins to come naturally.

Tips to Cultivate Mindfulness

When you find yourself panicking, grab a journal and write down your thought process.

Sometimes the best way to stop your mind from running frantically is to write down what you are thinking and feeling. By doing this, you are paying attention to what you may be triggered by or what beliefs you may be triggering. After trying this a few times you will see how your mind works in times of stress and be able to look for new ways to combat that.

Slow down.

We move fast in this world, always looking to get to the next thing. Try taking the time to slow down here and there. Take your time to think your thoughts through before you speak them. Plan out your next move before you make it. Take time to admire what is around you at the moment. You will feel more stable and secure.

Wherever you are, be there.

This is a big one! In your actions and in your communication with others be where you are, not where you are going. Instead of thinking of your next response, listen to what is being said and then respond to that. When it comes to your everyday life be where you are, do your job intently, wash your dishes with purpose, cook your food feeling appreciation for the nutrients and get your senses involved to enjoy the process.

Set up a Daily Practice.

This can either be sitting in meditation for 10-20 minutes a day focusing on the breath, setting an alarm on your phone to go off a few times a day reminding you to slow down and pay attention to your thoughts, journaling your daily/ future goals with intention, practice gratitude, or anything else that helps you slow down and pay attention to your thoughts.

Take a mindful walk.

This is best done out in nature but can be done anywhere. While you are walking pay attention to every step as you take it, admire the beauty in the world around you, and breathe in the energy from the planet. This is a very good way to clear your mind during times of stress and worry as well.

Being Mindful is a healthy habit worth exploring

In my personal experience, it is through mindfulness that you can gain a better sense of control over your life. You will be shocked at what the power a few moments of mindfulness every day can do for you!

 

“Own Your Power, Own Your Frequency.”

Abby Cahoone


Sources:

Websters Dictionary

Psychology Today

Mindful.org

Positive Psychology Program


About The Author

Abby Cahoone, an avid student of the law of attraction, spreads her knowledge and harnesses her intuitive talents to help empower people. She produces consistent live content and breathes life into everyday existence by philosophizing about Spirit. Abby is dedicated to utilizing her master reiki certification to conduct healing sessions, intuitive tarot card reading, and teaching guided meditation to individuals across the United States looking to adopt a spiritual practice. It is her goal to help people tap into their own ability to create an amazing life for themselves and help wake them up to the amazing connection to the Universe that we all have. Follow Abby on: Facebook

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