I am back…AND ready to make this 3rd year break one I will be reminiscing over for the rest of my life. The reason for a mini-hiatus, you may ask? Well, what else could it be? School. Life. Mostly school. Balancing that, writing, a social life and my other hobbies became much harder than I expected and frankly, my mind was not at all well prepared for what was thrown at me. That brings me to today’s topic. If you’ve been following my blog for a while now, then you will realise that much of what I write about has a strong theme of mindfulness. If I’m not trying to get you to live in the current moment or notice and enjoy the simple things in life, then I’m helping you figure out how to answer that darn ‘why’ question.
The way I see it, mindfulness revolves around two main concepts. The first being general awareness. This entails being aware of your surroundings: the people around you, the atmosphere, your physical surroundings, even the circumstances surrounding you. It also means being aware of yourself: your feelings, your emotions, your likes and dislikes. The other concept being the realization that everything begins and ends with your mind. The thoughts you harbour make up who you are. You’ve probably heard the old saying that thoughts crystallize into habit and those habits solidify into circumstance.
A lot of my inspiration on this post came from a book I read as part of my #50bookchallenge. Speaking of, how’s that going for you guys? Mine started off slowly but a proper pace is now kicking in. The book is quite brief. (21pages only!) The title is ‘As A Man Thinketh’ and it’s written by James Allen. (Thanks Sylvie for the recommendation!) It basically reiterates the second concept of mindfulness but goes on to tackle the effect of your thoughts separately, in relation to one’s character, circumstance, health and body as well as purpose and achievement of goals. It’s a pretty enlightening read!
Now back to my mini-hiatus.
You must learn to master a new way to think before you can master a new way to be
– Marianne Williamson
I felt this quote on a serious level. My first reaction to being stressed and overwhelmed with deadlines this past semester made me constantly think, ‘…wow I need to be like so and so who didn’t bite of more than they could chew’…‘I need to be like this person who had their deadlines in check’…‘I need to be like this person who didn’t waste an alarming amount of time on Pinterest’…‘I need to be like this girl who managed to drink 2 litres of water and eat a full breakfast every day.’
When in reality I should have begun by changing my mind-set instead of trying to be somebody else, which was my downfall. I only needed to take a step back, look at what I’m doing and really think about it and where I want to be. Then change my current habits from there. With that, I’m now writing my deadlines down months before they’re due and working on them step by step. I’m spending more time implementing great ideas from Pinterest (like this post Whoop! Whoop!) and to top it off, being well prepared for breakfast by planning what yummy meal to whip myself up the night before. All from just being a little more mindful.?
I’ll leave you with a few tips on how YOU can be more mindful:
- Be in the present moment. Refer to here and here. ?
- Do not overthink your situation. Sometimes I think I need to start an overthinker’s anonymous club. I know for sure the membership would be through the roof. But really, ask yourself one simple question, what good ever comes from overthinking?
- Accept what you cannot change or control. This leaves you room to direct all your energy and efforts into what you can.
- Trust in a higher power. For me, that’s God. You have to do your part and leave to God only what he can do.
- Find the silver lining. There is always something you can learn, even in a seemingly terrible situation. Be that person always putting in a positive spin.
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NB: Remember that 3rd year break I mentioned up there, well…I’m starting a new series on the blog thanks to it. So be on the look out!
Wishing you a happy and Blessed Easter,
— Ivy xx