Be present and conscious of life as you live it.
Yesterday we asked you to do something that was out of your comfort zone. Now that you have had some time to reflect, think about these following questions:
Was it as uncomfortable as you thought it was going to be?
Did you surprisingly like it?
Are you proud of yourself?
Doesn’t trying something new feel exhilarating!
Imagine how many things there are in this world for us to experience.
The only way you are going to find things you like in this world, is to have the courage to try them first. The only thing that holds us back is our own fear of discomfort.
Master your fear of discomfort, and you can master the universe.
“We must each lead a way of life with self awareness and compassion, to do as much as we can. Then, whatever happens we will have no regrets.”
~ Dalai Lama
Mindfulness teaches us many lessons in how to live our lives with full awareness.
Here are a few ways it shows us how to be our best selves:
Helps us not procrastinate.
We get the habitual urge to check email or social media or news. Or we get the urge to go to something easier, more comfortable.
The urges can be beat if we are aware they’re happening. Our minds tend to focus on the hard parts of tasks that we’re procrastinating on.
Without thinking too much about them, we label these tasks as hard, scary, overwhelming, time-consuming. If we’re aware of this, we can solve each of these problems — hard tasks can be broken into easier ones.
Let Go of Expectations.
It’s useful to watch your expectations with an upcoming situation, with a new project or business, and see that it’s not real and that it’s causing you stress and disappointment.
We cause our own pain, and we can relieve it by letting go of the expectations that are causing it. Toss your expectations into the ocean.
Teaches us to be curious.
Too often we are stuck in our ways, and think we know how things should be, how people are. Instead, we should be curious. Find out. Experiment. Let go of what we think we know.
When you start a new project or venture, if you feel the fear of failure, instead of thinking, “Oh no, I’m going to fail,” or “Oh no, I don’t know how this will turn out,” try thinking, “Let’s see. Let’s find out.” And then there isn’t the fear of failure, but the joy of being curious and finding out.
Mindfulness teaches you to be OK with not knowing.