What does it mean to be mindful?
Mindfullness is an awareness of where you belong in the world and where you belong in the universe. It’s an awareness of humans and their effect on the world around you, your individual effect on the world around you, and your individual effect on YOUR world.
To be Mindful is to consciously make decisions to change the world for the better. For example buying only organic produce, or choosing to consume free range eggs. Choosing to go vegetarian or vegan, or simply giving thanks before you eat. It could be buying second hand, recycling, donating, boycotting businesses that use slave labour etc. It could be showing compassion, being non-judgmental, or simply being grateful for what you have.
What are Mindful practices?
All of these things are mindful practices, because you are aware of the state of the world and you are consciously making decisions to make it better. You are trying to make you better.
Try to add mindful practices into your life; Invest mindfully, make sure you do the research on the investment opportunity. Try to ensure you invest in things that are adding to the good of the world. Consume mindfully, research the company, choose to buy locally, read the labels, meditate, try not to judge, be aware of the goings on in the wider world. Research the reasons behind the politics. Show your children love, compassion, empathy, gratitude and generosity.
I recently read a post on being mindful, and I found an easy to follow Mindfulness infographic showing how you can increase mindfulness in your everyday life. Check it out below
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