You can’t control what comes up in your head.
In turn, we end up judging ourselves, harshly, which ultimately transcends into how we act.
All of this stemming from a mysterious fictional void. We take something that’s not real and allow it to make decisions on our behalf; decisions on how we act, how we present ourselves and who we become.
Again, we can’t control what comes up in our head. What we can control is how we handle it.
I used to live in this mysterious void of a voice.
I allowed it to be my compass.
This mysterious compass guides me only when I let my guard down, when I am not being mindful of my thoughts and actions or when I am not instilling the intentional actions that support my commitment to self growth.
Like anything else, mindfulness is a skill.
When you’re not practicing regularly you get caught on your heels. You lose your balance and make errors. You begin to carry out the actions that this mysterious place is telling you to do.
The intentional actions that support your self growth are the exercises to mindfulness.
It exercises your mindfulness muscle. It conditions it for when you need it. You then become prepared and more ware of the present moment. When game time situations arise, this is how you respond instead of react.
The key; practice.
It’s a skill that takes constant development. It’s a skill that can always get better. It’s a skill that will only get better with practice.
There’s this natural space between stimulus and response; it’s quite small, in fact, it goes unseen when we’re not fully aware of the moment or practicing mindfulness.
The more you practice mindfulness the more that space widens. Be intentional.
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