“Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.”
Have you ever noticed yourself getting distracted by all the thoughts that are whirling around your mind? What about focusing on a situation that hasn’t even happened yet? Have you noticed your anxieties on past and future events? I sure have.
I think the best way to combat all of these thoughts and anxieties is to spend our time in the present moment. Notice everything around you. Notice the space, the lighting, the scenery, the people, the energy, the conversations. Notice how you’re sitting, your facial expressions, your emotions. Just let everything be.
It’s important to spend your time in the present. I notice that when I’m focused on things other than right now, I become anxious and unable to focus. My productivity goes straight out the window and my mind travels to other places.
Now, to be honest, I daydream quite a bit, and that’s amazingly distracting, but that is not what I’m talking about in today’s post. I’m trying to expand on the ideas that I introduced in Monday’s post, fear and connection.
If we’re mindful of our current feelings, situation, and surroundings, we can start to break down the walls of fear and cultivate meaningful connections. As I have said before, though, this is not easy.
Spend some time with yourself. Notice your breathing and your thoughts. Let those thoughts pass by. You don’t need to worry about them. They don’t matter right now. All that matters is that you are you.
The benefits of being mindful far outweigh the consequences. If you are prone to hallucinations, psychosis, depersonalization, etc., I would definitely not recommend mindfulness practices. If you don’t know, I would highly suggest that you try it, because you may be one of the majority who do see a benefit from mindfulness.
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Lots of love,