If you’ve embarked on a journey of “mindfulness” like me and are looking for some inspiration to practice being in the present, you have to read this post on Inner Strength by Kate, the author of the Walnuts n Pears blog ~ one of my favourite blogs on living well and meaningfully.
She does a beautiful job of highlighting what it really means to be mindful and “in the present” and how important it is to check in with yourself to see how you’re doing.
We all have our flaws, our issues, our shortcomings but overall we have beautiful souls that don’t intend to do harm to others. In the process of improving our “selves” and the quality of our mind, we should try not to judge ourselves or be harsh. Instead, we should just be present and pay attention to ourselves. Quoting Kate:
……it’s really important to ask ourselves how we are doing. And more importantly, accept those feelings and not judge them. If you’ve never thought this way before, it can be very freeing. It brought me a lot of peace and taught me that it’s okay to feel whatever it is that I’m feeling. It’s a part of being human.
Kate insists that we should not bottle up our emotions as it only makes them worse and we should develop the courage to be comfortable with our feelings. I would only add that during emotional periods, we often drift to the cause of these emotions that may have taken place in the past or are expected to occur in the future. Just be wary of that and make sure you bring yourself back to the present. Be kind to yourself instead of regretting the feeling of anger or frustration. Observe you mind and take control – don’t beat it up!
I’ll let you read her post yourself so you can be inspired from it too. Don’t forget to chime in your thoughts below or on her post. We would love to hear about and be inspired from your “mindful living” experiences.