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Not Your Yogi's Mindfulness

The 2 states of mind I strive to function in, mostly because I think it would bring the most of what I want, are flow and mindfulness.

So what do I want? I want to be loved, honored, secure, happy, strong, compassionate, and wise. I want to be healthy, vibrate and cool. I want to make a difference, I want to be an awesome husband, an excellent dad, a great friend, a phenomenal trainer, and a decent human. I want to set new standards for myself and not just follow the crowd and accept the status quo.

Some of the things I’m teaching my clients, they will put away for later. We are just planting ideas into our heads that will help us live the lives we want. I want them to hear sound wisdom and life principles over and over and over. Consistency/Time = Results

For this message, let’s talk about Mindfulness. Mindfulness is being aware, observant, present, and in tune with yourself, those around you, and your environment. Mindfulness will keep you safe, keep you from getting taken advantage of, and actually allow you to appreciate your life.

Mindfulness can help you make the right decisions at the right time because your mind is not cluttered with a bunch of noise and you will be able to discern which of the thousands of thoughts you have are worth listening to. Although we have little control over what thoughts pop into our heads, we all have complete control over whether to listen to those thoughts or not. We just have to be able to hear them. Hence, we need mindfulness.

Try this mindfulness exercise with a wrapped piece of chocolate or candy. What a terrible thing to ask you to do, I know.

  1. Walk thru each of the senses below and document your results.

  2. You could write this down or perform this exercise with someone or a group.

  3. Ask yourself what you actually see, hear, etc., and how it makes you feel.

  4. Walk thru these senses with the candy wrapped and unwrapped.

  • What do you See? How does it make you feel?

  • What do you Hear? How does it make you feel?

  • What do you Smell? How does it make you feel?

  • What do you Feel? How does it make you feel?

  • What do you Taste? How does it make you feel?

What we are actually doing is being present with ourselves for a few minutes. It’s like an exercise we do in the gym. We all know we have to do lots and lots of sets in the gym before we see any results. But the longer and more consistent you train the stronger, faster, balanced, more flexible, powerful, and healthy you will be. Consistency/Time = Results

This was an exercise for mindfulness. Think about how you can incorporate other things we “just do” without really thinking about or experiencing them. Like running, walking, or playing. Like driving or riding in the car. Listening to music or watching a movie. Like work, school, cooking, or household chores. We can practice mindfulness with any thought or task.

You can also:

  • Ask yourself: What am feeling right now?

  • What is the other person/side feeling?

  • Is It Worth It?

  • Focus on your breathing.

  • Do a body scan.

  • Walk thru all your senses with a couple of bites of your meal or dessert.

  • Focus on your walking stride or body language

Mindfulness is vital to our happiness and success. The world (society, marketers, advertisers, social media, news media, government, religion, etc.) does not care about you and would rather have you living like sheep, just mindlessly going thru life doing what you are told. If you don’t have a plan for yourself and your life, the world will make one for you, and I guarantee it’s not what is best for you.

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