” I urge you to please notice when you are happy, and exclaim or murmur or think at some point, ‘if this isn’t nice, I don’t know what is.’”
TLDR; Good morning and welcome to your 2-minute dose of happiness. Today we speak to the value of consistently working on your own awareness and the commitments necessary to succeed.
Awareness: My brief experience of stepping back and really watching how my mind behaved. Mantras: What’s your personal mantra? Share it with us on Twitter and we’ll include our favorites in next week’s article. Morning Routine: Your morning shapes the rest of the day, don’t neglect it. 8 steps to help you improve your routine.
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Have you ever stepped back from your own experience of a day and really watched how your mind behaves?
Here was my brief experience:
As I was reading the linked article, I noticed that my legs were shaking up and down and then from side to side.
I picked up a pen to start fidgeting with.
I had to physically discard several notifications on my phone and laptop, incoming, uninvited distractions.
Several times I thought about the next article I was going to write.
Several times I started going through my to-do list for the day and month to make sure everything was captured.
It took me several starts and stops to get through the entire article.
Try this exercise:
As you identify things you are doing, some conscious, and some unconscious that become conscious as you become more aware, try to stop doing those things.
If you catch yourself after you have started the exercise, stop yourself and return to the original task at hand. Always force yourself back to the original task.
Do not use punishing language. Do not judge yourself for your unintended and often times uncontrollable changes.
Accept that the new found awareness you have is significant progress in living a more mindful and aware life.
Look at Eckhart’s steps to addressing boredom:
Step 1 is to notice you are bored or distracted.
Step 2 is to sit with the boredom.
Step 3 is to focus your attention on the inside of your body.
Step 4 feel a new state of aliveness as you work through the boredom.
“While the long-term solution to chronic worry and anxiety is building better habits, there are some small tips and tricks that can help you in a pinch. And one of the best ways to short-circuit your worries is with mantras.
Mantras are short, memorable sayings that help remind you of your values—what really matters to you.”
I take advantage of the APFL app and enter a daily intention, which happens to also be a personal mantra of mine. It is: lead with love, caring and kindness.
When I take the time to physically write that down it causes my brain to stop acting on automatic pilot and consider that this intentional mantra is how I should approach life today.
It gives me the opportunity to lean back on the intention when difficult things occur through out the day, which are inevitable, and ask myself, Am I leading with love, caring and kindness?
Here are other mantras that can help you better navigate your day and address your worry and anxiety as they rise.
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