Mindfulness and Your Natural State of Being
Mindfulness is a powerful tool for becoming more aware of one’s thoughts and emotions.
As defined in Being YOU! Awaken to the Abundance of Your Natural State of Being, mindfulness is “the practice of being present and fully engaged in the current moment.”
By focusing on the present moment, we can better observe our thoughts and emotions without judgment or attachment.
Mindfulness allows us to become more aware of our patterns of thinking and behaving.
“By practicing mindfulness, we can begin to recognize patterns of thoughts and emotions that do not serve us and start to replace them with more positive and empowering ones.” ~ Dr. Scott Zarcinas
By observing our thoughts and emotions without judgment, by becoming more aware of our thoughts and emotions as they are without labels, we can start to recognize when we are getting caught up in negative patterns of thinking and take steps to challenge them. This is empowering.
MINDFULNESS & EMOTIONAL RESILIENCE
Mindfulness can also help us to develop greater emotional resilience.
Mindfulness allows us to monitor our emotions without becoming caught up and swamped by them. This means that we can be present with our emotions, without getting lost in them or being controlled by them.
By cultivating emotional resilience through mindfulness, we become better equipped to handle life’s challenges and difficulties. We are better able to manage stress and adversity because we are not as likely to become overwhelmed by our emotions. Instead, we can respond in a more thoughtful and compassionate way, rather than reacting impulsively.
Moreover, mindfulness allows us to identify and manage negative patterns of thinking that may be contributing to our emotional distress.
By developing emotional resilience through mindfulness, we can also experience greater levels of joy, peace, and freedom in our daily lives. We are less likely to be bogged down by negative emotions, and more able to appreciate the present moment and the positive experiences that come with it.
“Mindfulness helps us to detach from our emotions and observe them without becoming overwhelmed by them.” ~ Dr. Scott Zarcinas
This can help us to better manage stress and adversity by allowing us to respond in a more thoughtful and compassionate way, rather than reacting impulsively.
MINDFULNESS TOOLS & TECHNIQUES
There are many mindfulness tools and techniques that can be used to cultivate greater emotional resilience and self-awareness.
Breath awareness, body scan, mindful eating, and walking meditation are just a few examples.
“Mindfulness can be practiced in any moment, at any time of day.”
By incorporating these tools into your daily routine, you can develop greater mindfulness and experience greater levels of joy, peace, and freedom in your life.
- Breath Awareness: Focusing on your breath can be a powerful way to bring your attention into the present moment and cultivate mindfulness. Paying attention to the breath is one of the most common ways to develop mindfulness. By simply observing your breath, you can start to cultivate a sense of calm and focus.
- Body Scan: This technique involves bringing your attention to different parts of your body, one at a time, and observing any sensations that arise. The ‘body scan’ is a powerful tool for developing awareness and mindfulness. By bringing awareness to your body, you can become more attuned to your physical sensations and the ways in which your body responds to different stimuli.
- Mindful Eating: This involves bringing your attention to the experience of eating, and observing the tastes, textures, and sensations in your mouth. Mindful eating is a way to cultivate mindfulness during one of the most basic human activities. By bringing mindfulness to the act of eating, you can start to develop a greater appreciation for food and a more positive relationship with your body.
- Walking Meditation: This involves bringing your attention to the act of walking, and observing the sensations in your feet and legs as you move. Walking meditation is a way to bring mindfulness to your everyday life, and to connect with the world around you. By bringing mindfulness to the act of walking, you can develop a greater sense of connection with your environment and a more present-moment focus.
Mindfulness is a practical step towards becoming more aware of one’s thoughts and emotions.
By focusing on the present moment and observing our thoughts and emotions without judgment, we can develop greater emotional resilience, recognize patterns that may be holding us back, and replace them with more positive and empowering ones.
Breath awareness, body scan, mindful eating, and walking meditation are some examples of mindfulness practices you can employ every day.
Ultimately, developing emotional resilience through mindfulness can help us to experience greater levels of joy, peace, and freedom in our daily lives.
Dr. Scott Zarcinas (aka DoctorZed) is a doctor, author, and transformational coach. He helps seekers awaken to their natural state of being by connecting them with the answers they’re looking for so they can create a life of abundance. DoctorZed gives regular workshops, seminars, presentations, and courses to support those who want to make a positive difference through positive action and live the life they want, the way they want, how they want.