“A Positive Life Begins with a Positive Mind.”
What is Mindfulness?
Mindfulness practices originated in the Buddhist tradition of quieting the mind and body; being “present” and getting in touch with your inner self and your intuition. You do nothave to practice Buddhism to practice mindfulness. Find a quiet comfortable place to relax, close your eyes, take in several deep breaths and get in touch with your inner self; bringing non-judgmental attention to your thoughts and incorporating positive intentionsinto your consciousness. You will then have a deeper understanding of how powerful your thoughts are, and you will notice certain feelings in your physical body.
Do you stop and think before you do something, or are you impulsive? Do you sometimes jump to conclusions and wish you hadn’t? Are you mindful of the thoughts you think and the feelings you feel? You can practice being mindful of every thought you think before it brings up emotions and drives you to take actions; always having the results you want in your mind.
When you have a goal or dream, do you ever think about what thoughts are going to propel you to the end result? This is what “mindfulness coaching” is all about (and so much more). In my hypnotherapy and life coaching practice I always incorporate mindfulness coaching and teach my clients how to stop and think before they do anything. For instance, with my weight-release clients, I have a mantra that I teach, “Stop and think, before you eat and drink.” What this means is that you actually stop yourself for a second, or even a few seconds, and think about what you are going to eat or drink and how it will affect your body. You may have heard the old saying, “You are what you eat.” This means you will feel as good as the fuel you put into your body. You will always experience a reaction to every action you take.
Mindfulness coaching is a tool to use in every aspect of your life so you can refrain from experiencing ‘knee-jerk’ reactions (unless you are in an emergency situation and need to react immediately!)
Mindfulness coaching can give you virtual space between feeling something and acting on it. Instead of being impulsive or compulsive, you can learn to get in touch with your intuition which will then help you pause to stop and think, even for just a few seconds before creating the ripple effect.