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The Psychology behind Life: Mindfulness

When we were kids, adults would always tell us that we can do anything we put our minds to. When they told us this, most of the time it pertained to what we wanted to be when we grew up, but what if I told you that that phrase can be applied to anything in life? The key word that is in that phrase is: mind. Everything you do in life starts in your mind but there are a few things you need to understand when it comes to grasping mindfulness. These things will help you see life through a different set of eyes.

The first thing that needs to be understood is that whatever it is, you must have a burning desire for it. Do you want to quit your job? Do you want to go on vacation or buy a house? These are just a few things in life that you must have a burning desire for in order for you to put some action to it. If that burning desire isn’t there, you will not pursue it. Have you ever heard someone say, “I want it so bad I can taste it”? That is the kind of desire you must have for you to seek getting what you want.

The second thing is also crucial. If the thing that you have a burning desire for is huge or is something that you’ve never done before, you will have to put a lot of work into it. For example, if you want to buy a house you must have a good credit score, have money for the down payment and the mortgage, and a lot of other things. This may mean sacrificing other things for whatever you have a burning desire for. I believe this step is the most important because you can have a want for something but if you aren’t working towards that goal, then it won’t get met.

The next thing has two parts when it comes understanding mindfulness is staying focused and keeping your mind on the whatever goal it is you have and leaning your limitations. Sometimes life can hit hard and knock us off balance, but if you are able to recognize when that happens and learn how to get back on track, you’ll be able to keep moving forward. That’s what it is all about. The last and final thing is encouragement. Even when you are the only person there to do it, encouraging yourself is a must. Sometimes it’s the only way for you to continue to push through the hurt, pain, or if you’re just not feeling it that day.

I developed this concept of mindfulness with the help of my therapist. Mindfulness will help you make more rational decisions in life and will help you relieve everyday stress. I adopted this thinking after I decided that I wanted (had a burning desire) to lose weight. It has helped me in so many ways. I’ve already seen progress and have reached my first goal. I’ll leave you with this quote my grandfather told me as a child, “the mind is a terrible thing to waste.” Remember: you can do anything you put your mind to!

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