Life is a struggle.
And more often than not, I have learned its most difficult lessons the hard way. I’m not the first person you’ve ever heard say this, and I know for certain, I won’t be the last.
The thing that has made the biggest difference in my life is my attitude toward the challenge I’m facing. Knowing that I am in charge of my feelings, I can make a conscious decision to act instead of re-act.
Practicing the art of mindfulness has been the key. It has demonstrated to me, that I alone, can and may need to do an about-face; making the most of whatever it is that comes my way
Life is a journey and its path is often riddled with potholes. Once I understood the important difference between giving up and letting go, I began to experience how mindfulness helped me create optimal health and wellness.
Mindfulness had a clever way of circumventing the mental patterns that caused me anguish and suffering; healing me from the inside out. It has helped me to quiet my mind long enough to stop the freight train of negative thoughts, judgements, and what if’s.
Believing in myself and my abilities, I am no longer afraid to take chances. Being able to walk beside my faith instead of behind my fears, I can bring myself to the very edge of everything I have ever known and then take one more step. I know that amazing lives right outside of my comfort zone.
Life is meant to be enjoyed, not endured. What I make of my life and what I become is what I think about most of the time. My greatest weapon is to choose one thought over another. Realizing that into every life a little rain must fall, I choose to appreciate all of my experiences—good, bad and indifferent, continuing to learn and grow from them all.
It’s easy to focus on loss, heartbreak, and pain. During these times, I try to remember the friendships, laughter, and growth I have gained; keeping in mind that sometimes good things fall apart so that better things can fall together.
Healthy relationships make me feel strong and steady. The best feeling in the world is knowing that my presence or absence means something to someone. Therefore, I no longer feel guilty about removing toxic people and situations from my life. I have learned to say no and walk away, eliminating the source of my unhappiness without a second thought.
Even when others don’t understand my dreams I refuse to give up. I will not tip-toe through life and hope I get to death without being too badly bruised. I know that everything I need lies within me; every single challenge I face, every encounter, is a spectacular thread that represents and defines my life.
While I may not be perfect, parts of me are excellent! If I am feeling defeated I know I have the ability to change that. When I look in the mirror I see the person responsible for the cause and the solution for my anguish. So far, my track record for getting through tough times is 100% and that’s pretty damn good.
Life is full of setbacks and roadblocks. The funny thing is that often times they turn out to be windows and doorways. Knowing this, I must be willing to release certain expectations of the life I had planned and be ready for the one that is waiting for me.
Learning that the most important things in life weren’t things at all and that I was in charge of my destiny is how mindfulness helped me create optimal health and wellness.
Mindfulness helped me realize that my life is a journey, not a contest—that I'm not ahead of or behind anyone. It had a sneaky way of working itself into my life—my hope is that someday it will for you too.
I am a corporate wellness consultant. As a master yoga instructor, I support in-house wellness programs, seminars, trade shows and executive retreats. I help business leaders build and maintain physical and mental well-being. If you would like to learn more about offering a health and fitness program to your busy management team contact me at [email protected] or 386.871.0582
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