Research shows we have somewhere between 12,000 thoughts to 60,000 thoughts a day. Isn’t that incredible! Now how many of those thoughts are useful, relevant and grounded in the present moment? We are also so often unaware of these thoughts. After all how many of those thoughts can you remember at the end of each day? Many of these thoughts have become habitual, much like riding a bike. These thoughts and emotions however do affect us in some way, whether we are aware of them or not. Research again has shown that most of these thoughts are not actually very positive! Mindfulness practice helps us to become more aware of these thoughts, and helps to start to work with the better ones and cultivate a more positive attitude towards life. A key aspect of authentic Mindfulness practice is to help us to develop better relationships with ourselves, an understanding and openness to others, and to enhance our innate qualities of compassion and insight.
What is Mindfulness?
Acting With Purpose
At Work And At Home
Mindfullness helps us to act “purposely” and to participate “consciously” with what’s occurring in front us right now. The help see which thoughts are going to be beneficial to work with, to cultivate more of so to speak, and which ones we may decide are best not worth following at all! We are often reacting to situations in life from a place of unconscious habit. We can then decide and choose how to be from a place that’s “conscious” as opposed “reactive”.
Ultimately Mindfulness is about getting to know one’s self better. To become friends with all aspects of ourselves, the good the bad and ugly!
Mindfulness also reaffirms what modern day neuroscience is now explaining; neuroplasticity. We are literally reshaping our brain through our experiences. It helps us to tap into the deep inner resources that are always available to us. If we are present to them of course. We start to become aware that peace, calm and happiness are not experiences that we necessarily have to obtain from somewhere outside of ourselves.