Mindfulness, what is it? And how can it benefit me? Mindfulness is the next big thing for wellness and mastering one’s mind and one’s self, despite it existing in the East for centuries, but the West is starting to catch on. Mindfulness is essentially a term used to describe being aware of one’s thoughts and the awareness of your actions. Mindfulness is used currently to treat people with anxiety, depression and psychosis but it doesn’t come in a pill.
What is Mindfulness?
Mindfulness is the practice of controlling your own thoughts, thinking patterns, words and actions. It is the path to self mastery. Master your self or “know thy self” and you can do pretty much anything within your limits. Imagine you have thoughts racing through your head every moment of everyday.
They say you’re not good enough, you can’t do it or you’re too fat, you’re not good looking enough and “I’ll never be able to do that”. The problem is that you tend to believe them. Because you think that these ideas or thoughts are yours, if you thought it, it must be true right? Wrong. Just because you have a thought pop into your head, doesn’t mean it’s true, nor does it mean it was really you thinking that at all.
We all have those moments where we have an idea and don’t know where it came from and have a moment of confusion like “why the hell did I think of that?”. A great book which helped me to overcome my anxiety and intrusive thoughts is The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle on Audible. Audio books are a great option for passively absorbing information. I used to listen to it when my anxiety was getting the best of me.
The Power of Now delves deeply into understanding how your mind works and how it differentiates between what you think you know and gives you a different perspective and understanding that your thoughts are not your thoughts, your mind is not you, because if you can listen to your own thoughts then who is listening? There’s something observing the things going through your head because how else would you know? You discover that the observer is really… you… And you, are not your mind.
What would you choose?
Mindfulness in essence is the practice of picking which thoughts you decide to think and take on. Picking the positive ones from the negative. The practice and learning of mindfulness, is to master yourself, discipline your mind, don’t let your negative thoughts run your life, take control and empower yourself to choose what you think about yourself and grow in the direction you want to grow. If you think you’re fat but you’re not, it might be time to address those thoughts which are tormenting you. If you’re fat but you think you’re not, then maybe it’s time to get honest with yourself and get going to a gym. I know I did!
Exercise and self discipline
Your body and your mind have a direct connection. We all know the saying “healthy body healthy mind” and vice versa. This saying cannot be more true and exercise itself can change your body and your brain. If I didn’t get fit, quit smoking and other bad habits, I would likely be in a hospital somewhere or on the street. But I’m not. I was lucky to have found mindfulness and find some good teachers and some good books and managed to get myself working in a career where I have the ability to change people’s lives. Exercise can change your life and if you can get your mind and body working together you will find that the only limitations are in your head.
If you would like some more information on mindfulness, i would recommend reading/listening to The Power of Now or feel free to get in touch and see if we can point you in the right direction.
This article was written by Nick Hill a content creator and co-founder at The Zen Media.