Article – Choose to be Mindful

Choose to be Mindful

“Be happy in the moment, that’s enough. Each moment is all we need, not more.” — Mother Teresa         

Mindfulness is focused awareness of the present moment.  It is bringing one’s nonjudgmental attention to the current experience.  Its function is to not be distracted.  We are mostly driven by our habit energy which is very strong.  When we free ourselves of our negative habit energy we are able to be more present and to live every moment of our daily lives more fully. Research has shown that mindfulness is particularly effective for reducing stress, anxiety, agitation, depression and pain.  Mindfulness helps to nurture and preserve our happiness, our peace of mind and our well-being!!

Mindfulness can result in many changes in your life by awakening in you:

  1. A sense of liberation by your choosing the things you want to do or not do;
  2. A sense of understanding and acceptance by your letting go of the regrets of the past and the worries of the future;
  3. A sense of connection by your communicating more deeply with others;
  4. A sense of awe and wonder by your taking time to notice the beauty of nature;
  5. A sense of joy by your living in the here and now, by your allowing yourself to tune into the moment and to tune out everything else;
  6. A sense of appreciation by your counting your blessings and by your having an attitude of gratitude;
  7. A sense of balance by your adjusting your internal emotional, physical and mental barometers to take life one step at a time;
  8. A sense of openness by your reframing your negative critical thoughts to thoughts of kindness and compassion;
  9. A sense of hopefulness by your being positive-by your seeing the glass as half full rather than half empty;
  10. A sense of empowerment by your not just surviving but by your thriving!!

Mindfulness promotes serenity, confidence, strength, passion, objectivity, insight, wisdom, gratitude, humility, patience, contentment, faith, competence, growth, curiosity, tolerance,  determination and love.  It helps people gain a new perspective on life itself so that they can learn more adaptive and less reactive responses and behaviors.  Remember to take the time to enjoy the little things, the little moments for they may not be that little after all!!!

Idelle Newburge LMHC is a therapist at the Center of Psychological Effectiveness in Plantation, Florida.