When we practice mindfulness, we are able to be in the moment, giving ourselves and our mind, space to discover itself .We become more self-aware. As we develop our practise, we learn that not every emotion or thought is worth reacting to. Instead, we learn to preserve our energy and our time for things that bring us joy. And oh, what a wonderful way to live.
Stage three of The Pathway to Peace Healing Journey is all about developing self-awareness. It’s incredibly important for our well-being and our happiness. In our busy lives, stress and anxiety levels have increased significantly and we tend to push our emotions down, often leaving them to bubble away just under the surface.
I’ve noticed that I hold emotion as tension in different parts of my body, mostly in my throat, my jaw, my heart and in my lower back. For years, instead of acknowledging these emotions, I ignored them, push them down, and found ways to take our mind off them by being busy, essentially distracting me from the discomfort they were giving me.
Once I started to meditate and practice mindfulness in various ways, my self-awareness grew and this was the key to working through these emotions.
Meditation has, over time, enabled me to develop self-awareness. Meditation comes in many forms and it is moments of mini meditations that have had the biggest impact for me. Mini is manageable, not so daunting, and as a result, I’ve been able to clear space in me, clearing out the mess to make room for the good in life. No more reliving traumas from the past, seeing my husband struggle with his alcohol dependency. No more worries about what I’d find at home.
Instead, I live in the moment. And I am able to see differently. I’m courageous, compassionate and loving. Yes there are moments when deep emotions are stirred. Thats’ happening to me a lot as I start to make plans to sell our family home. But when those difficult emotions arise I now reach out for the imaginary balloon, and i gently let it go, and those emotions go along with it.
Happiness truly is in the moment. It’s taken time to develop this practice, but it’s change my my tremendously. Try it. Take our August Mindfulness challenge and receive daily prompts to help you practice mindfulness daily. You are worth it. Sign up to receive your prompts.
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