Mindfulness is Self Love
The practice of mindfulness has gained a lot of popularity over the past 20 years. When I teach my students about mindfulness, I explain it as basically the practice of paying attention and being in the moment.
It is a way to reduce anxiety, decrease stress, improve focus and mental health, and increase happiness. With benefits like these, mindfulness is definitely a tool for self love.
How is Mindfulness a Tool for Self Love?
To practice mindfulness, you have to let go of the past and the future to focus on the moment in front of you.
Usually our minds are quite chaotic. If you were to just sit and observe your mind, you will notice that it is busy thinking about things that happened in the past in one moment. Then your mind will jump to something it is planning. A moment later, your mind might lead you into some fantasy or have you in an argument with someone.
Although you might be very creative at this time, you are a victim of the wiring of your mind.
When you start being mindful, you are take time to slow down and be with the chaos. In this way you are making friends with your mind. Then, slowly, you begin to focus your mind on the moment at hand.
As a result of your focus, you begin to release the thoughts that weigh you down to the past, which can cause depression. Also, you let go of the planning and focus on the future, which can create anxiety.
This practice takes patience with yourself. As a result, you find yourself being kind and showing self love.
Mindfulness is a Step Towards Happiness
While working on a deep love for yourself, you have probably decided that you would also like to be happy.
One of the techniques for self love and happiness is to follow and focus on joy. A mindful activity that I learned years ago from the Mindful Life program was an activity called ROSE. This is how it works:
- R: Recognize the moment when you feel excitement, happiness, joy, satisfaction, contentment, or any other positive feeling.
- O: Observe everything about it. Where are you? What are the colors around you? What is the situation and why is it bringing you happiness.
- S: Soak it in. Allow the feelings to wash over you. Soak in all the sights, sounds, feelings, and feel it in your body from head to toe.
- E: Engrave that moment into your mind purposefully. Make a memory, a good and full memory that you can hold onto. Feel yourself engraving this moment into your heart and mind.
Now how can this not help but make you happier?
In conclusion, mindfulness is a powerful tool that can positively impact your well-being on multiple levels. As you continue on your journey of self love, consider incorporating a mindfulness practice into your daily or weekly routine.
Remember, it’s all about connecting with yourself, getting to know your mind, and following joy.
Dr. Autumn Thomas
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