Mindfulness is everywhere. You can’t read a magazine or website without it showing up in one way or another. There’s a reason for this and it’s fantastic that the western world is embracing this incredibly important mental health tool, but it always seems to be described the same way: “Being present in the moment” or “Create better focus”, when really it’s so much more than that.
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Did you know that when you sit and bring your attention to your breathing, being present, focusing on something specific, you’re really shutting down the chatter in your brain? You’re really taking control of what your brain is doing instead of letting it do what it naturally does when there’s free time, which is think about things and stuff and more things and then more stuff. When you take over control and make your brain quiet down, you’re creating space inside yourself for your intuition to take the lead and guide you to what your inner being knows to be true. You’re removing the logic of your thoughts and letting what your heart wants to come to the surface. It’s your “gut feeling” all the way.
This is a hugely important tool for making decisions that you just can’t seem to settle on. What direction should I go with _____? Which job should I take? What do I believe about _____ deep down? Why do I let certain behaviors make me so angry? This works for anything from what to eat for dinner to unveiling what childhood experience shaped the way you think about something.
While there are tons of excellent guided meditations for this, you can do it yourself in just a few minutes.
1.Sit or lie down quietly and comfortably and close your eyes.
2.Take a few big, deep breaths and sigh them out while you let all of your muscles relax; feeling your body get heavy.
3.Then ask yourself a question and let it go.
4.Bring your attention to the air coming in and out of of your nose. Just feel yourself breathing.
5.If you start to think about things, just be aware of it and bring your attention back to your breath. Stay there, breathing, just for a few minutes.
You may get an answer immediately or it may just come to you later on, but you’ll answer from your authentic self and you’ll know what to do or what it is you truly want in a situation. So give it a shot! Keep doing it and it may soon become your go-to guide for everything you do.
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