Mindfulness

So I am attempting to try and teach myself to let go a little bit, accept what I cannot change and ultimately become a little bit better of a person all around (not that I’m not great already).

Step one in teaching myself mindfulness, learn what it is.
The definition I found via OxfordDictionaries.com is as follows:

“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.”

Step two in teaching myself mindfulness, search how-to lists online.
I found books, articles, numbers for psychologists and all kinds of things but the gist of each article I read through pretty much said the same things.

  1. Don’t believe that everything you think, is a fact.
  2. Remind yourself daily to be thankful.
  3. Breathe. (As in take deep breaths and relax when you feel yourself getting tense).
  4. Accept that there are some things you cannot change.
  5. Allow yourself to feel everything the same, but process the negative emotions differently.

There it is. My list of to-do’s to achieve a more relaxed self. I found out about mindfulness on complete accident, I was late night patrolling twitter and became curious about the term when I saw it. The need I feel to be the best possible person I can be stems from my need to be the best possible mother I can be to my children.

I’m not trying to become the next Hakuna Matata preaching person on the internet, don’t worry, but I probably will update on how it’s going soon.

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