horse eyeMindfulness is a focus on the present. Past thoughts and actions are done and over; memories may linger but only now matters. The future will be or may not be. The key is to be present.

When you’re mindful you can monitor your thoughts and feelings from a distance, without judging them as good or bad. Your feelings and thoughts are real. Welcome them.

Mindfulness allows you to welcome changes in your life. Change happens and may have little or no connection to the past. You may feel the urge to resist change. Resisting is futile since change will happen and is a natural process. Personal growth is always based on accepting change. Why fight it?

We have all experienced moments of mindfulness. Some moments of mindfulness are accompanied with a sigh of relief or an exhale. For example, have you have been anxious or stressed, but later you realize there was no reason to be anxious or stressed? In fact, being mindful requires us to stop, breathe, observe, and connect with our thoughts and actions. Being mindful reduces your stress.

Research indicates that being mindful may lower blood pressure, boost the immune system, reduce anxiety, and make you feel better. Why not choose to be healthier and happier?

You can introduce mindfulness in your life by enjoying a cup of coffee in the morning, practicing yoga, taking a break from work, or taking your dog for a walk. You can start by saying to yourself, “I am mindful.” If you repeat this simple phrase a few times every day, you are on the path to mindfulness. If you are on the path to mindfulness, you are mindful.

Be mindful.


John Bradley Jackson
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