The prompt for week three’s edition of Mindful Monday is Do you love mindfulness? The act of practicing mindfulness is not easy; it takes a lot of concentration and self discipline. I’ve noticed that the more that I practice the easier it becomes. I use it more often and in many situations. I use it at work when I feel myself starting to get frazzled with the many tasks that need to be completed in a short window of time. I use it as a parent to prevent myself from resorting to yelling or other reactions that I don’t want to display. I use it as a person to just clear my mind, release the frustration and emotional buildup.
I like the person that I have become in the couple of years that I have been practicing mindfulness. I have become more slow to anger, less quick to judge, more tolerant and acceptive. I’m by no means where I want to be, but I have seen great progress in a short amount of time and much of that is due to simply dedicating a few moments each day to clear my mind, recognize and accept my feelings and release negative emotions. This allows me to be the best me that I can each day embracing and living in the moment.
In short, my answer is yes, I do love mindfulness. I love it as a tool, as a lifestyle practice, and as resource to pass along to my children. I think everyone can benefit from practicing mindfulness at least a few minutes a day. I love the feeling I have after practicing and the immediate release and peace that I get from it even in the most aggravating of situations. I love that I can diffuse a situation before it escalates and becomes a negative emotion I harbor by just centering my thoughts and feelings and releasing it before I allow it to infect me and fester.