What does mindfulness really mean? It means committing to the present moment. It means fully engaging with your mind, body, and soul. It means grounding yourself in the here and now and allowing whatever is to just. be.
When we practice mindfulness, we stay away from judgements. We observe our thoughts and notice the judgments as they come up, but we don’t attach ourselves to them. We stay curious. We notice them. We let them go.
This week, I made a goal to start practicing mindfulness while I am driving to and from all the things. I say “practicing mindfulness” because being mindful is not a science! There are no rules or ridge ways of doing it. Here’s the only trick-invest yourself fully in whatever you are doing at the time. If you are driving, focus on driving. If you are eating, focus on the experience of eating. If you are listening to someone, be 100% all in.
After you have practiced mindfulness, ask yourself how it felt! Do you feel calmer? More connected? More engaged? More in control? Our society/culture has our brains going about a hundred different directions all at once, all the time. Do you want to slow things down and feel centered? Practice mindfulness. 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻
Meagan Brooks, MA, CSW
Megan is a Mindful Counseling therapist who has a passion for taking care of her own mental health and helping others do the same. When she isn’t working she enjoys making cupcakes, organizing things, and doing fun things with her family.
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