I’ve been doing Mindful in May which is a global mindful practice. I have been watching interviews on some of the world leaders in meditation and mindfulness, and doing their guided meditations every day. It’s made a serious and noticeable impact in my life only two weeks in. I feel calmer, more aware of my thinking and quite honestly happier. As it’s been a rough start to the year on a personal level, the timing has been perfect.
Mindfulness is simply being aware of what is happening not just around you, but also in you. It’s being present in the moment. Observing not just what’s happening, but also observing your thoughts. Too often we overcomplicate it.
It’s not learning to control your thinking. It’s just watching the thoughts.
Some of the ways we can become more mindful is through meditation, tai chi as well as yoga – my love.
There is now such compelling research on the impact of meditating each day. In fact, the University of Massachusetts Medical School’s study found that 90% of participants experienced significant reductions in anxiety and depression when they meditated only 10 minutes each day. Headspace research from 163 different studies complied by Andy Puddicombeall, suggested that mindfulness meditation practice had an overall positive effect on improving anxiety and stress.
Mindfulness gives us complete permission to be human. To be ‘flaw-some’. To be imperfect, with both flaws and awesome strengths.
It helps us start to understand what thoughts and feelings serve us and those that don’t.
You don’t need to be a meditator to get the concept that there are thoughts that feed our feelings. Whether we feed the good wolf or the bad wolf, either helps us to be a better version of ourselves – or it doesn’t.
This week I would love you to watch this 10 minute clip put together by David Foster Wallace. It’s a brilliant reminder that we have choices about how we see things and the way those choices profoundly impact our happiness, how we do life and how we build relationships.
So, if you want to become a better communicator, start to understand how you think and the impact that thinking has on you. That’s foundational. ‘Coz what you think will influence what comes out of your mouth. Shake the voices with your choices.
What do you reckon?