When setting out on a journey of self-improvement, you quickly learn that there is nothing outside of you that can change you. To create true, lasting change, the inner workings of our mind need to be conditioned for success, as it’s the very foundation of our being. If you want to build a stable, happy and satisfying lifestyle, you have to do so from solid foundations, which is why learning to become aware of your thoughts consciously is so important.
The average human has 50,000 to 70,000 thoughts per day. Since our thoughts lead to our actions, which ultimately create the results we see in the material world, it’s fair to say that we should take them seriously.
Unfortunately, most people aren’t taught from a young age to become aware of their thoughts. They run their lives through habitual thinking and behavioral patterns induced into them through environmental and genetic conditioning. But, if you can change the way you think, you can change your life. This is where mindfulness comes into play when looking at creating a lifestyle filled with wellness.
Most wellness programs and concepts require us to change our habits, daily routines and lifestyle in general. For example, if you wish to alter your diet to become physically healthier, you need to adjust your eating habits. This can be tough, since our behavior patterns are so thoroughly ingrained into our brain’s wiring.
Yet, when you approach wellness mindfully, you give yourself a higher chance of enacting change, as you act from a mindset of taking one step at a time, giving your attention fully to the present moment. This way of thinking breaks down what can seem like a huge objective, and segments your overall goal into smaller, more digestible tasks.
Using Mindfulness for Wellness
Through using mindfulness meditation, we can develop the necessary conscious awareness of our thoughts that will help us take effective action on our wellness goals.
For example, if you are trying to become a more positive minded person, developing mindfulness of your thoughts, will help you to stop engaging with anything negative that pops into your mind.
Mindfulness is a skill, and as skills are practiced and enhanced, we get better at using them. You can be mindful of your actions too, not just mental activity, though that is the best place to spot potential threats to your wellness objectives. For example, if you are getting used to a new diet and suddenly find yourself reaching into the cupboard to grab a candy bar, you might catch yourself in the act and stop what you are doing.
Programming Your Mind
If you have been involved with the self-improvement community for a while, you’ll know that in order to create success, you need to program your mind to think successfully. However, this is easier said than done, and if you attempt to do it without increasing your mindfulness skills, it can be very difficult indeed.
When you combine mindfulness with programming your mind, you piece together a mental framework in a peaceful and calm manner. It doesn’t feel forced or unhealthy; self-improvement should always be a liberating and positive experience.
Through using affirmations and visualization meditations, you can align your thoughts and self-image with the wellness targets you set yourself. For example, if you wish to show more love and compassion to those around you, you could visualize yourself in a common situation where you would usually become irritated, but this time you handle the scenario with positivity and optimism.
You could enhance the above exercise by attaching an affirmation to it, which you state aloud or in your mind. Something along the lines of, “I am so happy and grateful now that I handle challenges with positivity and optimism, while showing love and compassion to all those around me.”
The key to successfully programming your mind is activated through daily repetition, as over time your mind will believe you to be the new improved person you set out to become.
Overall, if you want to give yourself the best chance of success for a lifestyle filled with wellness and happiness, you must incorporate mindfulness into your self-improvement strategy.
Mindfulness takes you deep into the foundations of where you become creative and gives you a first class spectator’s seat. It is then up to you to choose which thoughts you engage with to help you achieve your wellness goals.
About the Author
Faith is a mindfulness blogger and longtime practitioner of meditation. She likes helping others realize their full potential, showing them that they are in control of their destiny and that they can reach their goals through adopting the success consciousness. Faith also has a keen interest in internet security and safety and is part of the team at “Secure Thoughts”.