How Being Mindful Helps You Be Less Judgmental, More Forgiving and Compassionate
August 1, 2017
Mindfulness is a way of using your mind and training your brain to observe, be in the present moment, and choose how to respond. It helps you be less reactionary, more intentional. Mindfulness leads to enhanced self-awareness which leads to self-mastery because you pay more attention to what you are doing, and why you are doing it, and then you can decide what behaviors you want to change, such as being judgmental, fearful, or argumentative.
Mindfulness puts your focus inward, observing your own mind and reactions to your thinking. In doing so, you realize very quickly that you feel what you are thinking. Therefore, you can feel better by shifting the focus of your thoughts and this is very empowering. With practice, you can command your mind to calm down and this will help you think more clearly, logically, and peacefully.
Your mind has the power to influence everything you are feeling and experiencing in your life.
Normally, we respond automatically and emotionally, to people and situations around us. With mindfulness, you can catch yourself before you say something you regret. You will learn to pause when you are feeling strong emotions, and take a break, walk away, reclaim your composure, and then come back when you can be more calm, kind and compassionate.
Mindfulness enhances your relationships because it helps you control your emotional responses to others, and helps you stop blaming others for how you are feeling. Being mindful gives you the power to express your emotions and speak your truth intentionally, instead of in a reactionary way. Mindfulness gives you more choices, including the choice to be more compassionate, forgiving and less judgmental.
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