Mindfulness is the practice of being aware of our selves. It is being aware of our own thoughts, feelings, and actions. When we are mindful and aware of these, we are capable of creating virtually anything.
I know that this can seem like it’s totally untrue. But it is true, because feeling positive or negative is a choice.
It is super-easy to allow ourselves to be carried along in the current of our culture and society. All of these big happenings in the world today, lots of unpleasant and terrible matters — these can totally bring us down. However, we are capable of choosing not to allow that to be.
This is where everyday mindfulness comes into play. When we strive to be aware of what we are thinking, what and how we are feeling, and the actions we take from that point, we gain the ability to better manage and control these perceptions.
In fact, our thoughts, feelings, and actions are pretty much the only things in our lives over which we can exert any true control.
To do this, we need to practice everyday mindfulness. This can be tricky, because so many of us live patterned lives that frequently can feel beyond our control. However, asking the following questions can bring us into the here-and-now, and open us to more mindfulness:
- What am I thinking?
- How/what am I feeling?
- How am I acting?
Just asking ourselves these three questions opens us up to being aware of ourselves. With that mindfulness, we can change direction if where we are going is not where we wish to be.
Everyday mindfulness opens us up to positivity
Straight to the point, practicing everyday mindfulness is a means to an end. It allows us, through our awareness, to better shape the world we live in. If, for example, we have allowed our subconscious mind to pull us into negativity, we can use everyday mindfulness to change that.
Being aware of our mindset, emotional, and spiritual settings; allows us to recognize, analyze, and if needs be, change them. If we find that we are feeling down, we can decide to take a new actions, alter our thoughts and feelings, and create or find positivity.
Many people see mindfulness as an overarching, abstract notion. But the truth is, EVERYONE is capable of practicing everyday mindfulness. The simple act of asking these questions, and others like them, is all it takes. When we become aware of ourselves in the now, we can shift our perspective if this is not how we desire to be.
This will take practice, and probably several attempts. But I think recognizing and practicing mindfulness everyday can help us with experiencing more positivity. I don’t know about you, but I certainly prefer more positivity rather than negativity in my life.
Practicing everyday mindfulness is not hard, but it does require action
Knowing practicing mindfulness does not have to be a complicated matter, we can ask questions to draw ourselves into the now, and be open to greater self-awareness. When we become more aware, we have opened ourselves to more mindfulness, which gives us better control over our lives, with which we ultimately empower ourselves. When we feel empowered, we become more aware and mindful, and tend to spread that feeling to others around us. As such, we can build more positive feelings.
We can use the positive feelings this generates to dissolve negative feelings. When we eradicate negative feelings, we open up space to let in more positive feelings, and that is something we can be grateful for.
Gratitude leads to happiness. Happiness is the ultimate positive attitude. An attitude of gratitude is a positive attitude that begets even more good energies, and that is always worthwhile.
Originally published at titaniumdon.com on April 8, 2019.