"I'm not dead" 🤣🤣🤣 lol
This was literally my first time jumping into the deep end of any swimming pool! 🏊Anyone that knows me knows that I am not a swimmer, so this could've gone badly! However, I lived to see another gay!...I mean, day!🤷🏻♂️
When I first began practicing mindfulness the misconception that I had was that it was solely about sitting still in a noiseless environment. However, life can be busy and stressful at times. Thus, ideal conditions for mindfulness are not always possible. I found that the anchoring mindfulness exercises - such as body scanning, focusing on the breath and labelling emotions as they arise – have been beneficial for me in buffering the effects of stress.
I have noticed that my level of un-mindfulness is directly proportionally to the number of tasks that are vying for my attention. However, it is during moments of overwhelm in which mindfulness becomes ever more important for wellbeing, academic performance and productivity.
My personal trainer was paramount in developing my understanding and practice of meditation. He said, “Focus on being present. When you take care of the present the future will take care of itself.” That was an enlightening moment for me as it made me aware that by caring for my own wellbeing would result in improved productivity and performance.
I like to think of thinking like water and my mind like a glass. This is similar to holding on to a cup filled with water. The glass of water is not heavy but if a person were to hold on to it for a long duration, such as an hour, the glass can start to feel heavier. Simply putting the glass down relieves the heaviness. Mindfulness works in the same way. Constantly holding on to stress can feel mentally heavy. Similarly to the glass, by letting go of the thoughts the heaviness is alleviated.