Mirror Talk: Mindfull vs Mindful

Medium Article Mindful

Romans 11:20 Be humbly mindful of the root that keeps you lithe and green.

You are so busy accepting the chatter in your brain as part of your life. You don’t realize it is filling up your mind with what isn’t done, what was not done “enough”, what was done “too much” and what will not get done in the present. Your head is so full of the mental illustrations you grew used to and you are never fully attending to what’s happening, to what you’re doing, to the space you’re moving through now. You often feel annoyed with the fact that you so often veer from the matter at hand. Your mind becomes a freeway, you lose touch with your body, and pretty soon you’re engrossed in obsessive thoughts about something that just happened or fretting about the future. Although you are not showing your state of mind on the outside, on the inside you feel anxious and restless. You are in a spinning cycle with no off switch. Your mind is full, and you are exhausted before you even start.

Being mindfull is being overly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s going on around you.

Being mindful is the basic human ability to be fully present, and aware of where you are and what you’re doing. It is a mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations, used as a therapeutic technique in the beginning but with the intent that it becomes a lifestyle in which you can be in a much lesser stress level because you have re-learned and re-planted the roots.

You must re-learn, or learn for the first time, how to be grounded. To be where your feet are throughout each section of your day must start by offsetting the negative, overwhelmed thoughts that seem to settle in you before you even lift your head off the pillow. Offset the thoughts of to-do lists and anxiety and despair that each day is just another set of what you need to do for others. Choose new thoughts, and soak in positive affirmations to quiet the chatter of tasks turning in your spirit. It is okay to take care of you too. It is okay to stop the all-or-nothing attitude. It is okay to start with new positive thoughts before lifting your head from the pillow.

An idle mind is just like an engine running in a car that is sitting in a garage- full of hot, poisonous smoke.

Re-plant your thoughts with conscious conversations with yourself. You must think about what you’re thinking about. Give yourself permission to take the time to re-train your brain and get connected to the root of why you feel the need to be somewhere else besides the space you currently occupy. If something is always about to go wrong, whether where you are now or the “where” you are supposed to be later, “where” does that leave you? In limbo, an engine running and revved up so high that it implodes.

The internal conversation where you ask yourself if half the negative scenarios you have stirred in the pot in the past have even come to pass is a good start. The realization that they haven’t will be a momentous epiphany. Then, if all that you have to handle in the day ahead of you has you immobilized, start with the smallest step first. Part of your anxiety, in fact, ALL of your anxiety stems from the root of the false notion that you control all the outcomes. It is a lie. There is a center of the universe but you ain’t it! What isn’t handled perfectly will not always fall to pieces. Release the vision of a quest for a perfect outcome. The outcome occurs in a future that contains circumstances and people that you do not, nor ever did, control.

Stop thinking about how to begin the perfect first step and get up. Show up for your life, remembering that if any part of it goes to hell, you can start your day over at any time. That is the only thing that is up to you.

Then, when it is all said and done (and even if it isn’t ALL done!) — meditate. Pray. You must clean out all the external junk from the day. Meditate, meditate, meditate. Don’t be dismayed by the mental chatter as you try to lie down. Let the negative scenarios flow in and flow out. Keyword: Flow. Let the thoughts of negative scenarios or words arrive but don’t let them stick. Let them arrive and then let them go. Wrap your mind around only the positive words that water the seeds for self-love, loving thoughts of circumstances, and loving thoughts of others. Let these new roots be embedded to hold your thoughts in alignment with your physical position in the present.

Your inner mind movies must change in order for your perception of your external reality to change, not the other way around. You must be patient with yourself. Being nice to your mind takes practice. Meditation isn’t about being in denial about the daily unfairness or toxic situations you experience. Meditation is a solution to feeling balanced in your thoughts, no longer a teeter-totter puppet whose next movement is run by a negative force. If all humans had a serene mind 24/7, meditation wouldn’t need to exist. You aren’t alone in struggling to sit still and not avoid your thoughts. When you realize that you are being the self-defeating mindfull chatterbox and instead start being spiritually present, you can rest well at night knowing that being mindful becomes a good thing through meditation.

You have a new day tomorrow. Stop thinking about it because it’s going to turn out the way it’s going to turn out. You aren’t meant to direct the future so learn to follow these spiritual directions and go to sleep.

Stop being mindfull and start being mindful.

Good night.

And don’t let the chatterbugs bite. Meditate.

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