If you think I am some sort of hippie, then this next post is just going to make that thought elevate. But this topic is something that is fairly new to me, in terms of practicing, but has made such a difference in my life physically, emotionally, and spiritually.
This post is the start of a series I will be doing on mindfulness. This, I guess, is the “intro” to a 3 part series on what mindfulness is and what it looks like in terms of our physical, emotional, and spiritual being. This is a fairly new concept for me, but I have seen so much change in the way I think about things and have seen break through in really amazing ways. So like I said, this post is simply an intro to what mindfulness is and just some random thoughts I have about it!
What the heck is MINDFULNESS?
First things first. What the heck is “mindfulness”? That is a great question! According to the Merriam Webster Dictionary, mindfulness can be defined as the following:
mind·ful·nessˈmīn(d)f(ə)lnəs/noun1.the quality or state of being conscious or aware of something.“their mindfulness of the wider cinematic tradition”2.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.
So to summarize and put it very simply, mindfulness is being aware. Aware of the things going on around oneself, or feelings and thoughts one is having. It is being present in the moment and being observant to how things make you feel and making a mental note about them.
Being mindful allows you to be very in touch with yourself. It allows to know yourself more intimately and it allows to figure things you specifically like and or dislike. As you can imagine, practicing this idea of being mindful has positively effected various aspects of my life and that is why I am taking time to share them with you.
Like I said this is an intro piece and I am going to talk about mindfulness and how it has effected me on a deeper level in the posts to come. I also have been collaborating with my dear friend Caleb Burkes, who is a student at Cal State Fullerton studying kinesiology. Caleb has been practicing being mindful in his day to day life and it has impacted him as well, and so together we just want to inform and empower people to check it out. But anyways, here is a short testimonial of what mindfulness has done for me:
I am going to be honest with you. I am one of the most distracted and forgetful humans I have ever met. I will put my car keys in my pocket and 5 minutes later, tear my whole apartment apart trying to figure out where I put my keys, while they are still in my pocket… Yeah it is that bad. Also I have been noticing that after I would eat a meal, I would still be super hungry, even though the meal I planned should have been very filling. So as I was observing these things, I was getting really frustrated with myself. Why couldn’t I remember the little things? Why was I so distracted? And as I was doing some research as to why I am so the way I am, my friend Caleb told me about meditation and mindfulness. The thought that I was overly distracted made sense, but also the concept that you need to be aware and mindful of what you are doing made a lot of sense.
That was something I lacked. I am always “hurried” and distracted that I am not allowing myself time to process what I am actually doing. That is why I can’t remember where I left things and why I graze through my meals and still feeling hungry. I am not letting my body tell me how it feels. And that in its essence is mindfulness.
So like I said, this is an intro piece to a 3 part series on mindfulness. In the next few weeks follow along as I address how the art of being mindful has helped me emotionally, physically, and spiritually!