You have a choice. You can choose to be aware of your thoughts, feelings, and actions — mindful — or not.
Being mindful brings you to the now and allows you to choose whether your thoughts and feelings rule you or if you will rule them.
Mindfulness is not just the awareness of your thoughts, feelings, and actions…but then choosing what to do with them.
When you are aware of what you are thinking, what and how you are feeling, and the intent of your actions, you have taken a huge step. You have become conscious, mindful, of your own headspace in the here-and-now. You are using your conscious mind to take control back from your subconscious and give yourself the ability to change the way you feel and what is dominating your mindset.
Awareness is important. But the next step is doing something with that.
Just because you are aware of your mindset, that doesn’t mean you have chosen to do anything with it.
All you have to do is choose.
For many, choice is scary.
Mindfulness and action
Yes, action is a part of mindfulness. When it comes to being aware of your thoughts and feelings and actions, now you get to decide what to do with that. Will you choose to make any changes with that?
If you are content, even happy, why would you? Likely, you would not. But if you are unhappy, discontent, dissatisfied with who you are, what you are doing, and where you are going — now you likely want to make a change.
But will you? All you have to do is make a choice.
Yes, it is THAT simple. Yet, and I know this all-too-well myself, it is also that hard.
What if I choose wrong? Will I suffer because I make a bad decision? What if I make it all worse by making a bad choice? How is this all I have to do?
Not choosing is ALSO a choice. And while it may feel like a safe choice, the truth is that it’s not. You will continue to be unhappy or discontent or otherwise feeling negative if you don’t choose anything at all.
Being conscious of your mindset pulls you from a subconscious headspace out of your control and into one you can. But will you?
Nobody can choose for you. You and you alone get to decide if you will make a choice. Decide to be aware. Work to find or create positivity. That really is all you have to do.
Almost nothing you decide to do is permanent
With a few extreme exceptions, nothing you choose cannot be undone. And by extreme exceptions, I mean suicide, choosing to remove a limb, and the like. Everything else you decide to choose can, if chosen wrong, but open to a new choice.
Even when you choose something that finds or creates positivity there are no guarantees that it will. That’s because apart from your own mindset and mindfulness practice, you have no control and very limited to no influence over outside matters.
Other people, the weather, the overall environment, the clock, and similar entities are outside of your control. They may impact on the positivity you seek or are creating — and you can’t account for that before it happens.
Does that mean you shouldn’t work on doing anything with it? No.
Trying and failing tends to be better than NOT trying and still failing.
All you have to do choose how you will intentionally act on your mindful thoughts and feelings to find and/or create positivity. That choice can help you make your life to be all that you desire for it to be.
What will you choose to do?
Finding and/or creating positivity isn’t hard, but it does require action
Knowing that all you have to do is work with your mindful knowledge of what you are thinking, as well as what and how you are feeling, you can choose best for yourself. When you stop letting your subconscious dictate your mindset with that awareness, and then using mindfulness to act for change, that ultimately empowers you. When you feel empowered, your mindfulness increases, you become more aware overall, and that tends to spread to people around you.
As such, you can build more positive feelings and discover more reasons to feel positivity and gratitude. That can be the impetus to improve any number of aspects of your life for the better, generating even more positivity and gratitude.
An attitude of gratitude is an attitude of immense positivity that can generate even more good energies — and that, like you, is always worthwhile.
You are worthy and deserving of using your mindfulness to find and/or create the reality in which you desire to live. When all is said and done you and I matter, and that is some major positivity right there.
Originally published at http://titaniumdon.com on March 2, 2020.