what is mindfulness

What is mindfulness and how can it change your life?

I get asked the question a lot, “what exactly is mindfulness?” Short answer is it’s being conscious of your thoughts, or what is going on around you, both positive and negative. Why is that important, you may ask? That is going to take a little longer to explain.

Some people think that mindfulness and the law of attraction, which we will talk about at a later date, are a funny, gimmicky, way of looking at the world. But, in actuality, it is a way of seeing the path to your goals more clearly. Negative thoughts may be stopping you from achieving your full potential. I’ve been there. I get it. You have a dream, a goal, something you really want. You think that thought and immediately you’re met with self-doubt because the goal is a difficult one to achieve or because many others have failed to reach it. At that point, you have killed your dream. You’ve clouded the path and you will never find the way.

What you should do is set the goal, ignore the negative thoughts, self-doubt, and get on that path. When you think positive thoughts, the path is there before you, unobstructed. This doesn’t mean that everything will be given to you, and it will be easy, but it means that you will be able to see the possibilities and act on them, which will help you achieve your goals.

This may sound difficult, or even impossible if you are still one of those people with a negative mindset, but I assure you, it’s possible. As someone that struggled with severe depression and social anxiety disorder, as hard as it may be to believe, this worked for me. Do I still have anxiety and do I still feel down sometimes? Sure, that’s natural, but what has changed is the way I think. I no longer sit with those thoughts for long periods of time. I acknowledge them and then I rework them into positive thoughts.

This is actually something I learned in therapy. At one point I told my therapist that I wasn’t normal. He replied “You mean average. You aren’t average. And why would you want to be average anyway?” That really made me think. All we have to do is rework those negative thoughts into positive ones. Leave that self-doubt alone. Self-doubt is the biggest killer of dreams.

We are going to talk a lot more about mindfulness in the coming weeks and months. Here is a link to some resources that will help in the meantime. I just wanted to give you some insight here. I hope you will come back or even share these posts on social media. Let’s get a dialog going.

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