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Why Is mindfulness really useful?
With so much talk and focus on being mindful is there really a need for it?
As a new season of my life started back in early 2016 I started feeling more and more off balance, so to speak.
I felt as if I was just running around in circles never accomplishing much and feeling drained, tired and completely unmotivated.
Seeing as most of my To Do List wasn’t even ticked off, I felt and thought (most of the time) why bother I’ll never get everything done.
What is Mindfulness?
I had been hearing and reading (in the news & other blogs) about the benefits of being mindful.
But from what I was gathering it required the person to be fully present in the moment and aware of where we are and not be overwhelmed by what we are doing.
How was I suppose to NOT be overwhelmed by what I needed to do? And, most important “How was I going to be more present in the moment when all I could think about was my ever-growing To Do List and other responsibilities”?
I continued on like this thru 2017, yes, almost two years went by with me feeling out of sorts and discombobulated!
As is almost always the case for me, at the end of 2017 I started working on some 2018 new year’s resolutions. Little did I know that those resolutions would be a godsend and be my saving grace for bigger and better things.
How Mindfulness helped me.
I became a more present and grateful wife, daughter, sister, and mother.
No this didn’t happen overnight. I knew something needed to change in my life personally or I was going to end up on medication to help me deal with all of the crisis and meltdowns happening with myself, my family and my marriage.
I started reading up on mindfulness and meditation. After some reading and research, I thought I’d put some of the suggestions to practice. Let me tell you It’s Hard!
Especially for someone like me whose brain/mind is always going non-stop! Learning to be present in the moment and quiet my mind was and still is hard work, but has been so worth it.
I have to admit some days are better than others and some days I just don’t even try.
But overall, I’ve noticed a significant change in my attitude, my responses/conversations to both my family and friends, my capacity to be grateful and compassionate toward others and my overall mental health.
I’ve picked up one habit that I’d given up on, I’m a reader by nature. I love to read, almost anything, and yet over the course of some couple of years, I’d buy the book and just put it up on my bookcase for another day that never came.
Once my mind started quieting down some and I purposely curtailed my To Do List to just 3-5 things daily I found that I had some time to pick up a book and read!
And, I realized how much I’d missed it and how good it was not only for my brain/mind but also for my soul.
Where has mindfulness led me?
Soon after I started being more mindful and meditating I also decided to work on my other new year’s resolutions. One of those resolutions was to start a blog.
I knew that I had a lot of work and a big learning curve ahead of me so with my newfound time and energy I decided to make some goals, break them down into smaller ones and start learning as much as I could before I started a blog.
Where to now?
Which brings me to the present. I have lofty goals for this blog and know that with faith, time, and a lot of work this blog will flourish, be a blessing to others and help me generate an income along the way.
But I am also very mindful of the fact that I need to continue being present in all that I do if I am to continue on this path.
I love Life Goals Mag, their posts on mindfulness are excellent reading.
Tell me, what do you do to control your chaos and not feel overwhelmed?