FOUNDER OF MINDFULNESS MATTERS, LEADERSHIP TRAINING EXPERT AND CELEBRITY SUCCESS COACH
To me, the act of being mindful is the ability to choose my thoughts and not to react on impulse. Mindfulness is that split second where we stop ourselves from saying something that we know will be hurtful to the person on the receiving end. It is the ability to decide not to do something we know we will regret, like having that last bite of dessert, an extra glass of wine or purchasing yet another handbag we don’t actually need.
In my life, mindfulness represents the ability to create space in order to live a life that I choose. Through mindfulness practices, I have been able to create the life of my dreams. This isn’t something tangible, like taking a tablet to soothe a headache. Rather it is something that takes shape in a beautiful way, over time and with consistent practice.
One way I apply mindfulness to my life is with gratitude practice – I like to write out three things a day that I am grateful for. I write these in my journal after my meditation practice as part of my morning ritual. Not only is this an incredibly grounding practice, it also helps to rewire the neural pathways in our brain so that we naturally see things more positively. Gratitude works by lighting up the brain’s reward pathway and the simple act of doing or thinking of something that you are grateful for floods your brain with positive chemicals and sparks brain activity.
Spending time in nature also helps me to put things into perspective. Because it is so vast, it reminds me of how small I really am and how insignificant my problems really are. These are continued daily practices that I adhere to and work with my clients to establish. Time expands when we learn to stay present, be thankful and enjoy the beautiful view.