Practice Mindfulness

Mindfulness is the base on which yoga and meditation rest. As we practice yoga and meditation, we are essentially practicing mindfulness. Why not extend the focus we employ during yoga and meditation into everyday tasks and experiences? Try not to worry about the past, try not to worry about the future just be in the here and now. Of course thoughts of the past and the future will come and go. The trick is to merely recognize them without judgment. It is a continual practice. Mindful living encourages positivity, gratitude for the moment, and peace. As we start observing what is in front of us, in the here and now, we focus on those little things in life. For example, when we go for a walk notice what is around you and truly take it in. What do you see? Hear? Smell? Do you pass others and acknowledge them with a smile or do you act as if they were not there? As you begin to notice, and be thankful for, the small things such as the color of the sky, the trees, the flowers, and those we pass along the way, you essentially live a deeper life. Peace comes, acceptance comes; stress and anxiety start to melt away.

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As you adopt a practice of mindfulness, you will start do notice a shift in your awareness:

  1. You will develop a keen sense of curiosity for everyday things. You will cherish them more. The commute to work, arriving back home after a long day.
  2. You will learn the art of forgiveness for yourself and others.
  3. You will learn to practice compassion and learn to connect more deeply with others.
  4. You will learn to be ok with all that is not perfect.
  5. You will develop a greater trust in both yourself and others.
  6. You will learn that things come and go in life; you will also learn to accept and appreciate that.
  7. You will develop a sense of gratitude for the great moments in your life; and a sense of grace for those moments which seem horrible.

Of course this will not all come at once. There will be days when anxiety will try to rule the day. However, when you know you can slow down the tailspin into deep anxiety by thinking differently, perhaps the day can be saved and there may be some moments which you can be thankful for. To live in this day and age of stress, of the pressures created by our society, media, our peers, and our occupations we need something to help us through. We need to remember that life does not have to be about go, go, go and more, more, more, and bigger, bigger, bigger. Remember the little things, those things we can be grateful for. If you catch yourself feeling anxious about what’s to come in life, find one small thing to focus on during that moment. Perhaps it is a sunny day. Maybe it is raining. We can find gratitude for either situation, lessen our anxiety, and increase our happiness. Even if it is just by a hair, it is still progress. The practice will be life-long. Try to let go of self-judgment, accept your way of thinking and just be.

Live right now, not yesterday, not tomorrow. Live in today. In the now.


Disclaimer: All articles written on microyogi are opinions and not meant to serve as any kind of instruction for how to move your body. I am merely writing to serve as a means of trying to find my own answers. I am not a certified trainer or medical expert.

On letting go…

Those crossroads moments. Do we keep moving in the same direction? Or veer off into unchartered territory? Maybe we are at the end of our travels with someone/a job/an unrealistic goal. Staying the course may seem easier now but we know what to expect and it ain’t so pretty – but it’s the devil we know. We have invested time into this thing/this person. The road less travelled may bring adventure, a better life, joy, true love, or it could be terrible, we may be alone, it may be dark, it may be dangerous. How do you truly know when it’s time to let go?

Sometimes it’s plain easy to know; sometimes it isn’t. Ending relationships is one of the hardest things to do. Something doesn’t feel right, you are always moody. But you figure you’ve always been moody. You wonder about that other road a lot. You try not to. You really do love this other person. You’ve been through a lot; they are pretty much your best friend. Yet something is missing. You don’t quite click fully. You feel alone with your thoughts a lot. Communication could be better. People change.

Ending jobs/careers is hard too. I mean you have them to earn a living. What would you do without that regular sources or income or benefits? You have bills! Plus, you may hate it, but you’re good at it and the pay is reasonable. Seeking new opportunities after a certain point seems insurmountable. You can’t go back to an entry level position when you have a mortgage or car payments. Right?

You may have these thoughts for days, weeks, or even years. However you were never ready to let go. But one day you are. You are so ready. In the case of a relationship this is difficult. You have to tell the other person. They will be hurt; you will hurt at the things they may say to you. Or don’t say. You may need to move. This seems enormous. Where? How? There will be many overwhelming decisions to make and tasks to complete. Along the way you may wonder if what you are doing is what you really want? Somehow you need to remain grounded. Read, talk to trusted friends, eat properly, give yourself a break, and love.

Using Meditation to let go.

Meditation has been used for centuries as a means for clearing the mind – letting go of thoughts.

Sit quietly for 5 minutes and let go of the thoughts. Observing the thoughts as they come and go but don’t get involved with them. This takes practice. For some people this may be frustrating. Focus on your breath. Breath deeply and slowly. Some like to repeat a mantra as something to focus on:

For example:

Everything will be OK

or

Where I am right now is exactly where I need to be

Some like to listen to a guided meditation. There are many available online.

Letting go is never easy but a rite of passage in life. We need to let go of that which does not serve us any longer to make room for that which will serve us and serve us well.