One of the things that I’m struggling with right now is being mindful. Taking the time and energy to acknowledge my own thoughts, feelings, emotions, worries, and so on. It’s so much easier to continue watching YouTube videos or playing video games instead of deciding to stop and just acknowledge.
I think part of what makes the idea of mindfulness so scary is that it means you have to acknowledge yourself. Come to terms with your life. And that can be scary when I don’t feel so great about what I’ve been doing with my life recently.
I suppose I could blame it on the end of summer slump – right now I’m in that awkward lame duck in-between period where I’m finished with my summer job and waiting for school to start – but that’s a paltry excuse at best. I could also blame my environment – living at home with 4 other people and 2 yappy dogs are not the most conducive conditions to productivity – but that doesn’t excuse my unwillingness to try to put effort into living my life.
No, at the end of the day, it is my responsibility to take charge of my life and live it the way I want to live. Despite all perceived obstacles or difficulties that may seem “out of my control,” I am still in charge of myself. I have my faculties – my mind, my body, my space, my property, my thoughts, and my attitude. I get to choose to do certain actions in order to live the kind of life I want and be the kind of person I want to be.
Now, I would like to mention some ways that we can attempt to be more mindful in our daily lives:
Avoid multi-tasking, even during low-level tasks like watching videos. This trains you to be more focused and wholly-engaged in whatever you are doing.
Journaling or Morning Pages. Morning Pages is more like stream-of-consciousness writing, while journaling can be more structured. Either way, writing out your thoughts and feelings forces you to acknowledge them and helps you process them.
Meditating. Meditating is a way of training yourself to focus and be at peace with yourself, free of any other distractions.
Cleaning your space. I find that for me, my environment greatly affects the way I operate. Having a clean and relaxing space definitely helps me to be more at peace with myself.
Which other methods of being more mindful did I miss? Let me know in the comments! As always, thanks for reading.