A lot of us have heard the term ‘mindfulness’ when conversations about positivity and positive thinking comes up. But do you know what it really means to achieve mindfulness? And do you know how mindfulness is related to positive thinking? This post will be about the benefits of achieving mindfulness and how it relates to positive thinking. My previous post talked about barriers to positivity. Read it here so you can be aware of the things that can prevent positive thinking and mindfulness.
Mindfulness is being totally aware of how you are feeling in this current moment. It is being aware. Being conscious of your emotions, how you are physically feeling, and just being aware of your mind is. Mindfulness is something used in the context of being happy, joyful, and positive but you can achieve mindfulness and come to the conclusion that the thoughts you have are mainly negative thoughts. Or you can come to the conclusion that you are emotionally off. Mindfulness if awareness – an honest awareness – of how you are feeling in a specific moment.
But, of course, what we strive for is positive mindfulness. So let’s look at a few ways to achieve positive mindfulness.
Slowing Down to Achieve Mindfulness
In order to achieve mindfulness you must slow down. We run through life so fast that we do not often slow down to really take inventory of what we feel. Are you taking deep regular breaths or are you taking quick shallow breaths? Are your thought coming slow and steady or are they racing? Slowing down and becoming aware of your thought patterns can help you see what areas you need to focus on. You may realize that you have a tendency to take things more personally than you should. Or you may realize that you need to become more assertive. You may even come to realize that your energy is low and that you may need to enhance your diet. Slowing down to really analyze all aspects of your being is crucial to being able to maximize your mindfulness.
Jump to Positive Conclusions
It is our natural inclination to sometimes jump to negative conclusions but we sometimes have to force ourselves to jump to positive conclusions and expect them to happen. I am notorious for always thinking something will end badly and I defend this way of thinking but saying that I am just planning for the worst case scenario. While that may be true, if I am not careful, I may also be setting an expectation that something will go wrong. Imagine what would happen if I put as much energy planning for a positive outcome as I do planning for a negative outcome. Being intentional about having the expectation that things will go as planned and have a positive outcome go a long way. Training ourselves to jump to positive conclusions will eventually lead us to achieving mindfulness which leads us to having a more positive outlook on life in general.
Feed Yourself Positivity
We have all heard the phrase, “you are what you eat.” The assumption being that if you healthily then you will overall be considered healthy. But if you do not eat a healthy diet you will likely feel run down and sluggish due to you not obtaining the nutrients needed to keep your strength up. The same is true with positivity. Be conscious of the company you keep – make sure that you are surrounding yourself with people who speak positively and negatively. You must be careful of what you allow yourself to read and hear. Be intentional with what books you read, what music you listen to, and the conversations you have with people. It is a lot easier to be positive when positivity is continually being fed into your spirit.
These are just a few of the things that you can do to try and achieve mindfulness. It takes discipline but it is worth the benefits that can come from it. Here are just a few of the benefits that has been shown that can come from achieving a level of mindfulness.
- Better relationships
- Become happier
- Less stressed
- Lower blood pressure
- Better sleep
- Becoming more creative
What else has helped you achieve a state of mindfulness?