Understanding 'Mindfulness'

In order to become fearless, you have to stand in the middle of your fear.

Larry Rosenberg

What is Mindfulness?

Mindfulness is the practice of paying attention – to thoughts, physical sensations and the environment, without constantly feeling the need to judge what’s happening or to make it anything other than what it is. When we approach life mindfully, we will understand our experiences with more accuracy and clarity. We will be more acutely aware of our thoughts, emotions, and actions. It means being present in each moment and paying close attention to what is happening in the present, instead of focusing on past events or future predictions.

In our modern day life, most of us spend the majority of our thinking in the past (stuff that’s already happened – which we have no control over) or the future (stuff that may or may not happen – that we have no control over). So, we’re either worried about something that’s already taken place, or we’re worrying about things that haven’t even happened yet, and this creates FEAR!

Fear is a major cause of anxiety and depression which have both become alarmingly prevalent in our culture, even in our children and young people. All that pointless worrying! So, practicing being mindful and only thinking into the present moment will help us to loosen the stranglehold fear can have over us. Being fearless is essential if we want to deal to those worry bogies!


4 Simple Steps to Deal to Fears:

  • Be prepared to be brutally truthful and honest to yourself.

  • Instead of closing yourself off to fear, learn to be open with it, to sit with it allowing it to arise and pass in its own time. Your fear is not you, it is only a visitor, a visiting emotion.When you are done with it, thank it for coming by and then ask it to leave.

  • Don’t buy into it, just observe it and allow it to be in the present moment.

  • By simply looking and observing, with no emotion attached, positive mindfulness will be strengthened.

The moment you allow this, you will be less living in your ego and fears begin to change. You’ll find that the fearful thought you are now looking at is quite different from the fear you ran away from. The minute you look at it and embrace it, the power is yours. If the same fear arises again, you will be able to look at it from a different place. So instead of being some monster, your fear is now a tiny puff!

And the best thing?

Once we learn to be mindful and open to our fears, we can also find the lessons in them. There will be one, we just have to look sometimes.


#mindfulness #lifebalance

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