The Art Of Mindfulness In Uncertain Times

I like to think of myself as a positive person, a glass half full kind of girl, but if I’m being honest this week has been the hardest yet. I have worked hard to maintain a routine, commit to the things that help move me forward and seek solutions rather than dwell on the problems, that’s just my MO. I credit my mindset to my commitment to personal development and a passion for being the best version of myself. A key part of my routine has been practicing mindfulness. This sometimes difficult, but very effective exercise has been scientifically proven as being a key element in stress reduction and overall happiness. Over the last several months I have been digging deeper and practicing mindfulness under the advice and direction of my therapist (if you don't have one I highly recommend getting one). After the tragic loss of my best friend in early February, I needed to find my way again. Getting realigned with this practice I believe has helped give me the perspective I needed to navigate all of the challenging emotions that come with losing someone so dear. Consequently, this set me up as we soon after found ourselves in this unexpected global pandemic and lockdown. Mindfulness is the practice of purposely focusing your attention on the present moment and accepting it without judgement. The ability to embrace what is and not what isn’t by maintaining a moment-by-moment awareness of our thoughts and feelings. When we hold space for our feelings and acknowledge them we can sense the present moment. In hindsight, I realize this has been something I have tapped into since I was a kid as a means of survival during times of adversity. Mindfulness has helped me to accept difficult experiences, including painful emotions enabling me to come through the other side. With proper guidance and a better understanding of how to effectively utilize various techniques, this practice has helped me cope with some very challenging times. So that being said, as we collectively navigate these difficult times, just remember that this too shall pass and if things are out of your hands, they deserve freedom from your mind too. xo Natalie

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