Mindfulness is a moment by moment awareness - of our thoughts, our emotions, and our state of being both in the mind and body. Research shows that the average person has somewhere between 50,000 to 70,000 thoughts per day, out of which most are negative thoughts. Mindfulness teaches us that we are in control of what we are telling ourselves everyday and the more mindful habits we create, the more aware we become of our thoughts. When we are more mindful, we are more aware of the tension or stress we hold in our bodies. Mindfulness teaches us to be kinder to ourselves. Practicing mindfulness does not necessarily equate to a positive state of being, but rather allows us to just bee. It enables us to observe and notice our state of being, which in turn gives us power to respond to life events.
With so much in motion in our present lives, from juggling relationships at home and at work, trying to manage our lives both in real life and on social media, always seeking more hours in the day, and seeking a well-balanced life, we tend to be difficult on ourselves. We lose focus of being. What if I told you that practicing mindfulness does not require you to sit down and meditate for hours? Although that does help with being more mindful, there are so many ways in which we can access mindfulness during our daily activities. We can be more mindful when we are eating, breathing, and walking by just being aware, and these mindful moments of just bee-ing can positively impact your mental wellness in ways you would not imagine. If you are still not convinced, research shows that mindfulness:
physically rebuilds your brain
reduces stress, blood pressure, and even chronic pain
increases reported levels of happiness
boosts creativity and problem solving
increases empathy and compassion
improves your ability to focus and make decisions
Join me in bee-ing more mindful.