Mindfulness 101: Learning to Be Present

Something I am really determined to learn is how to be mindful and present in every moment that comes my way. I thought that sharing my journey with you could be fruitful for both of us because I believe that being aware of our feelings, surroundings, and reactions is not only healing but can help us to move forward.

The official textbook/dictionary definition of mindfulness is:

A mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations, used as a therapeutic technique.

I am a very aware person, I tend to always key into everything around me: how I’m feeling, what I’ve done, how my choices are affecting my life etc. Mindfulness is the next step in the process. It’s not enough to just say “I’m really crabby” but accepting it as my current state and letting it pass through me, experiencing it and seeing it for what it truly is. I tend to be the person who gets crabby or upset about something and then get upset with my behavior, thus dragging me further down. I can also get a little nuts and think that everything is the end of the world.

This will be an interesting journey together as I weave my way through mindfulness and accepting it into my daily life. Years ago I went to therapy and learned to not be ashamed of my emotions, it saved my life. I want to welcome that back and go deeper. I’ve created a small starter printable for all of us to use in general or when we’re feeling particularly overwhelmed. We can get into meditation later!

Click the image to open it into a PDF for downloading and saving!

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