Practicing mindfulness for just 5 minutes a day can help you to achieve a grounded, centered approach to life that will increase creativity and productivity.
Self-compassion is about treating yourself with the same kindness and consideration that you’d show to a close family member or one of your good friends.
The benefits of practicing loving-kindness can be enormous and include a feeling of greater well-being, while increasing emotional intelligence, lowering blood pressure and reducing bias towards others.
Beliefs are just thoughts we keep thinking. Most of us don’t even consciously decide what we are going to believe. Sometimes beliefs can be misinterpretations of past experiences. Many people who’ve suffered abuse think they’re “damaged goods.”
How many times have you gotten “lost in thought”? Your mind is thinking one thought after another and you’re not present to what’s happening in the moment.
The definition of Mindfulness is about paying attention to the present moment with a sense of curiosity, open heartedness, interest, and nonjudgement.
When driving in unknown territory and using our GPS, we trust it’ll provide information to get us to where we want to go. If the GPS gives us the wrong information, we will end up at a location where we don’t want to be. Similarly, the food we eat provides our bodies with directions and materials for proper cellular functioning. The wrong food choices could send us down the wrong road with respect to our physical and mental health and aging.
You’re in line checking out at the grocery store, and you hear the ladies in front of you talking about a mindfulness class they just attended. They mention how they feel like they shifted into a happier more productive place. You may begin to wonder, “What exactly is mindfulness?”
Mindfulness, at its core, is about focusing one’s attention in a deliberate way inwardly. It’s about learning who we are and our place in today’s world. It’s all about awareness and staying present in the moment curiously and nonjudgmentally. It gives us the ability to live our lives with a sense of clarity of purpose and presence, thus creating a life of greater satisfaction, balance, and well-being.
How many times have you been watching a movie or television show and been so preoccupied, that you look down and you’re at the bottom of the chip bag or the pint of ice cream? It happens in the blink of an eye, but how does that happen?
When our eating becomes largely automatic and mindless, we are eating from a place of emotional or distracted habits. These habits can lull us into making mindless food choices and overeating.
The Dalai Lama tells us, “The point of life is happiness”. Make 2018 the year of empowerment and happiness for yourself. The year where you make a commitment to improve your life, by taking back your power. It’s time to begin to live the life you were meant to love. When we talk about power, we aren’t talking about a force to get your way; nor are we talking about money, status, possessions or force. Personal power is based in your confidence, strength and feelings of competence. When one has personal power they strive for satisfaction and meaning in their life, self-assertion and a desire for healthy, loving relationships. In 2017 you may have faced many challenges, and dark times. You may have found yourself asking, “How did I get here”? Let 2018 be the year you empower yourself to live the life you have always dreamed of; the life you were meant to love.