Mindfulness is defined as "a mental state achieved by focusing one's awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one's feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations, used as a therapeutic technique."I believe it's also transformative and a ancient wisdom that our minds can already tap into.
We have simply forgotten where the on switch is. Life can be so chaotic and distracting and consuming, that we think the last thing we can do is concentrate on one moment or a feeling. However, this is exactly how to become more relaxed, productive and happy.In many of my blog posts, I'll add a book that has helped on my journey from super busy and anxious to a calm mind structure that has moments of joy throughout the day.I'm not saying you'll be jumping on couches like Tom Cruise on the Oprah show, but you'll be able to stop..breath..redirect the mind...to find peace. That moment of peace will help you align to your higher self and create momentum in your life that brings you a sense of calm even through hard times, because you know this too shall pass, like a wave on the sand.
My favourite book on becoming mindful is 'The power of now' by Eckhart Tolle.
He explains that by learning to surrender to the 'Now' you realise you are already complete and no matter what madness or busyness surrounds you, within the present moment, problems don't exist.My background has been 20 years working in the media industry so I thought I was used to being stressed, super busy and scheduled to the hilt. However after my children came along and I stayed at home with them, I found anxiety became my best worst friend. I was worried about everything and even though I knew I could do it and I had the best family ever, it wasn't enough to calm my mind. Mindfulness and learning to be present in the NOW, while letting go of any negative feelings that do not serve you, became my saviour. As Gabrielle Bernstein famously wrote and said 'the universe has your back' and all you need to do is turn to the present moment for enlightenment and peace. * Please note, I'm not a qualified psychologist, all themes in this blog are just my beliefs from my personal experience and research. This blog respects copyright laws and is shared for educational purposes only.