LIVE TO BE INSPIRED…BE INSPIRED TO LIVE: PT 4 PRACTICE MINDFULNESS
LIVE TO BE INSPIRED…BE INSPIRED TO LIVE – PART 4: Practice Mindfulness
by DEFINE’s Emotional Wellness Expert, Jessica Pass, LMFT
When you think of inspiration, what comes to mind? A friend, loved one, relative or celebrity? Maybe it’s nature, sunlight or a good book, music or movie? Or perhaps it is difficult to think of something… anything. It’s actually quite common to lose your inspiration or drift away from the things that inspire you in life. Let’s face it… bills, schedules, steady 8-5 and exhaustion get in the way most days. It’s also possible that life happened and somewhere along the way, your inspiration just didn’t fit. Generally the drift happens over time, in small increments almost unnoticeable in the moment. We just do what we have to do to either get by or move forward. Or perhaps there’s more to it. Perhaps, we lose sight of what inspires us unconsciously. Meaning, we aren’t aware of the distractions that arise in the moment or we are guided by unknown thoughts and feelings that if understood and known could have an entirely different affect, helping us stay on track, in control and connected. This type of awareness allows us to stay connected regardless of what is going on around us and is present when we become more aware our internal states, ultimately resulting in more energy, gratitude and mental clarity to stay connected to our goals and live inspired.
The difficulty with all of this is finding ways to minimize the clutter in our mind. Most of the time we aren’t even aware that we have drifted from a goal, lost sight of reality or replaced our original target with one that is less significant or helpful. Before we know it, we’re tired, cranky, restless or even depressed because of how far we’ve journeyed away from our authentic self. The truth is that living distracted and outside of the moment happens all the time, to everyone. Our brain is a highly efficient machine, once it learns something or experiences a situation it categorizes and recalls the a previous experience to know how to react, respond or perform tasks without even thinking through the process. Otherwise, with most simple tasks through the day our brain would end up overloaded with insignificant information, so instead it automatically and without involvement of our consciousness makes decisions and responds to what is going on within and around us.
The good news is that you don’t actually need to be a mindfulness expert to experience increased levels of mindfulness. In fact, to become more mindful all you really need is you, a few minutes to spare and some quite space. This could be at home, in the car, in the shower, at your desk and even during savasna of your favorite DEFINE class. As you close your eyes focus your attention on just being still and allowing all of your thoughts to slowly surrender to the quiet. Take an inventory of what you feel, physically and emotionally. Labeling them in your mind and then taking three separate deep breathes, inhaling in through your nose and exhaling through your mouth. Feel your breath fill your lungs and follow it out in to the air. Open your eyes and recall what you were feeling before you began and see if you feel a difference.
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