Have you thought about practicing mindfulness meditation? Did you know it can help you get mor out of life?
Let me start by asking, how do you look at yourself?
What I mean, is do you define yourself by the things you do for a living and the role you play in your family?
While these are parts of who you are, they are not who you are.
How can you learn to express more of who you are?
By practicing mindfulness meditation.
What Happens When Life Changes?
When beginning your career or when your children are young, your life’s main focus may be on your job or kids. But what happens if you get laid off or your children go away to college?
Your life changes, right?
This can lead to you questioning who you are and what your purpose in life is.
Or you can begin to use activities that may not be in your best interest to distract you from the loss. When this happens, practicing mindfulness can help you take a look at yourself and gain an appreciation for who you are.
How Practicing Mindfulness Can Help You Get Better Acquainted with Yourself
The following are some ways practicing mindfulness can help you get a new perspective of who you are.
Carve out some me time – maybe 10 to 20 minutes a day – and use these ideas to help you find yourself.
7 Easy Ways for Practicing Mindfulness
1. Turn off your phone for at least 15 minutes a day
Let’s face it, your phone is distracting. It’s hard to get to know yourself better when you are constantly distracted.
Block out at least 15 minutes each day to unplug. In addition to your mindfulness meditation sessions, you may want to turn off all your electronic devices at mealtimes and an hour or so before bedtime.
2. Notice your thoughts (an essential part of practicing mindfulness).
Use mindfulness meditation to take time to slow down, go deeper, and find out what’s on your mind. Notice your thoughts and feelings without judging or becoming attached to them.
After a while, you’ll begin to notice a space between you and your fleeting ideas and impressions.
3. Notice your body
Are you someone who looks at your body for imperfections? Do you wonder if your hips are getting wider or your stomach is getting flatter?
Practicing mindfulness can help you get out of this negative loop.
Take a survey of your body starting at your head and going all the way down to your toes. As you do, focus on good posture and relaxing your muscles. Stop looking for flaws.
4. Practice self-acceptance
Building off number 3, stop judging and criticizing yourself. Remind you that you are adequate just the way you are.
Practicing mindfulness can help you with this.
Each day, when thoughts come up that are counter to self-acceptance tell yourself “I totally and unconditionally love and accept myself, just the way I am!”
5. Practice self-forgiveness
Do you find yourself beating you up?
Do you hold any grudges against yourself?
We’ve all made mistakes, that’s being human. Go ahead and pardon yourself. Then, imagine a future in which you value learning from experience instead of beating up on yourself.
6. Practice gratefulness
Instead of thinking about what’s wrong in your life, spend time thinking about your blessings. Be grateful for family and friends who have contributed to your happiness and success.
Practicing mindfulness with a focus on gratefulness allows you to regard yourself and others with more affection and kindness.
7. Give yourself credit
One of the best thing about practicing mindfulness is it allows you to become more self-aware.
Take a look at how far you’ve come. Celebrate the milestones you’ve reached in your career and personal life.
Give yourself credit for your accomplishments and let your past achievements inspire you to set new challenges.
Practice Mindfulness to Figure Out Who You Are and What You Need to Do to Lead a Life That’s Meaningful to You.
Practicing mindfulness can help you get a clearer perspective of your thoughts and feelings. It can lead you to taking actions that help you have the kind of life you want to live.
Use these techniques to get a better idea of who you are and what you want. As your self-knowledge grows, you’ll make sounder decisions and enjoy richer experiences.
Overall, it will lead to a happier and more fulfilling life.
Why not start practicng mindfulness today?
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