Lessons in Mindfulness

“What you focus on grows.”

It’s hard to read anything on health and wellness nowadays without coming across the term “mindfulness.” And for good reason, too. The practice of being mindful is credited with reduced rumination, stress reduction, focus, relationship satisfaction, and much more, according to the American Psychological Association.

And so, given my interest in wellness, yoga, and personal development (and because I’d be lying if I didn’t say I want more of these benefits in my life!), I’ve become more and more of a mindfulness student lately.

I recently read a special edition of TIME magazine devoted to the subject (highly recommend getting a copy), started meditating more frequently, used a gratitude journal, and signed up for a mindfulness class.

I’m someone who loves attending classes – they keep me accountable, are scheduled regularly, are interactive and insightful. So my once-a-week commitment has been a great way to learn more about the practice and put it in place.

One thing the instructor mentioned that stood out for me, that I believe she said she read somewhere, was the statement “what you focus on grows.” She used the example of worrying – if you’re focused on worrying, it will take up your energy and headspace and grow to be bigger the more it’s given attention. I loved this quote and the idea that we can manifest more of what we want in life (and lessen what we don’t want) just by paying attention to what is consuming our thoughts. Awareness is the key!

Since I’m practicing my hand-lettering, I wrote it out to serve as a great reminder for me.

Do you practice mindfulness and what pieces of wisdom have you found to be most helpful?

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9 thoughts on “Lessons in Mindfulness

  1. I love this Stephanie! I am such an advocate for mindfulness. I recently shared a post on my blog about the importance of quiet in your life–so it looks like we’re on the same page. I don’t know about you, but ever since I started practicing more mindfulness, I’ve really started to crave and seek out moments of quiet, and I actually find myself feeling irritated or overwhelmed if I try to listen to a podcast or a show while I cook/do work/etc.

    Thanks for the great share!
    xx
    Tisha Riman | http://www.thenourishedmind.ca

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  2. Thanks for reading and for sharing your experience! Seems we’re on similar mindfulness journeys — I definitely need moments of solitude and silence to recharge and create. (fyi I definitely recommend reading Elizabeth Gilbert’s Big Magic if you haven’t already, on the topic of creativity. Great book!)

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  3. Love this! It’s so relevant with what I’ve been trying to practice lately – it’s even on my weekly habits to develop. I also just wrote a blogpost about mindful eating which is something more specific but something that has been helping me in my health & fitness journey.

    One ‘easy’ thing that I do to practice mindfulness is to take deep breaths throughout to bring myself back in the moment, re-center myself, and check in with myself and how I’m feeling. Although I am not as consistent with it, I think that’s one thing that I can do, wherever I am! (and I just did it as I was reading your blogpost!)

    http://www.elleisforlove.com

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    1. Thanks for the love! Deep breathing is definitely something I’m working on, too — our breath has such amazing power and it’s with us all the time, every day. Love your take on mindful eating; it’s so important and I’m also trying to be more tuned in to what I feel my body needs and wants as opposed to just what’s around!

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  4. “What you focus on grows” this totally spoke to me. Very profound. And I was going to ask if you might be interested in joining my Hand Lettering Challenge but it looks like you’re too good! 😉

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  5. Quite a while since this has been posted. But still i seemed to have stumbled upon it lol. I fully agree. That which you focus on will undoubtedly consume your thoughts and because we are made like this. That which we think. That we will become. Or grow into. I most certainly make an active effort to feed myself with positive thoughts. Thanks for the reminder. Your article reminded me again why i choose to think the way i do.

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