Mindfulness is about living in the here and now, not in the past or in the future. We spend 80% of our life’s living in our minds, worrying about the past or whittling about the future. Mindfulness teaches us how to live more in the present moment.
They say we can only truly be happy when we are living in the moment, if you think of a time when you was really happy, laughing and enjoying yourself. You were probably with friends or family, enjoying the moment, not sitting there worrying about the past or living in your head.
We have on average of 60,000 thoughts a day, a lot of these thought can be simple “I need to buy bread on the way home” or “What shall I have for dinner?” but equally a lot of our thoughts can have emotions and feeling attached to them. Thoughts can make us physically and mentally ill, when we are stressed or worried we quite often get run down, headaches, sore throats and worse. Our thoughts are linked to our well being so it is so important to be able to be aware of our thoughts and feelings that come with them.
We spend so much of our life worrying about the future but the future is only a story we make up in our head, it can’t be really, as no one can predict the future.
So we make a story up in our head and then start to worry about this story coming true, or we make a nice story up, them get upset with other people and ourselves when it doesn’t come true, but no one else even knows your story, they all have their own.
Mindfulness is about coming into the present moment to enjoy your life, but also about noticing how you feel and what thoughts you have in that moment. By doing this we can start to understand how we react in different situations and start to add more acceptation and be less judgmental of yourself and others.
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