Mindfulness is defined as awareness of one’s internal states and surroundings.

Many of us spend time trying to avoid just those things. This goes beyond just feeling your feelings. There is a level of non-judgmental, compassion, and acceptance that accompanies it. It’s not the inner critic saying what’s wrong with me, I need to stop feeling this way, or I’m just going to turn on my happy face. 

These are skills that take time to develop and strengthen. These are skills that I still practice on a regular basis. After a lifetime of conditioning, habits, and expectations of others, I know it takes time. Wouldn’t it be strange if it didn’t take time to develop them? We take time to learn how to ride a bike, how to do a new job, and how to speak a new language. 

In all of these things, there is a level of uncertainty, discomfort, and often times fear. These are “normal” when stepping into mindfulness for the first time (or 100th). Now that I’ve stepped into this world of awareness, I wouldn’t trade it for anything. It’s like a filter for the world in which there is increased compassion, kindness, and humanness. 

And You?

Have you stepped into the world of mindfulness? If not, what is creating hesitation?