Mindfulness & the Practice of Staying in the Moment

May 9, 2024 | Blog, Global Peace, Meditation, Small Acts

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Mindfulness & the Practice of Staying in the Moment

Mindfulness is all about being present in the moment, and just like maintaining balance, it requires constant negotiation with your thoughts, emotions, and surroundings.

Imagine your mind is like a busy intersection with thoughts and feelings zipping by like cars. Sometimes, you might get caught up in the traffic, lost in worries about the future or regrets about the past. But mindfulness is like being the traffic cop at that intersection. You step into the middle of the chaos and gently guide the flow, bringing your attention back to the present moment.

Negotiating with your mind in mindfulness practice means acknowledging those thoughts and feelings without judgment, and then gently nudging your focus back to the present. It’s like saying, “Hey there, worries about tomorrow, I see you, but right now I’m just going to focus on the feeling of my breath entering and leaving my body.”

Just like maintaining physical balance, staying present requires constant adjustment. You might find your mind wandering off a hundred times during a single meditation session, and that’s perfectly normal!

Each time you bring your awareness back to the present, it’s like taking a step back into balance.

And just like negotiation in daily life, mindfulness isn’t about suppressing or ignoring your thoughts and feelings. It’s about acknowledging them, understanding them, and then choosing how you want to respond in the present moment.

You’ve Got the Power! ✨ 😊

 

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