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March Mindfulness: A Self Care Essential

Hey my loves!

I must admit, I have absolutely neglected my duty of keeping up with the blog!聽馃槍 BUT It wasn't intentionally so I won't get too down on myself, however, here I am!聽

And what better way to start out the new month of March than with a good read. 馃檶馃徑

These last couple of months have been..... actually, amazing. And now it's time to really hone in on my goals and be mindful of what I am doing so that I am becoming the best version of myself.聽

You may have heard it a thousand times to be "mindful", but what exactly does "mindfulness" mean?

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/藞m墨n(d)f(蓹)ln蓹s/
noun
1. the quality or state of being conscious or aware of something.

2. a mental state achieved by focusing one's awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one's feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations, used as a therapeutic technique.
Sounds simple, but kinda deep right? That's because it is! It's something so simple but because we are humans we often complicate the process of being in the state of mindfulness.聽
I am learning that being mindful is truly the best form of self care. But I am also aware that it took me a while to get to this point and it isn't all that easy.聽

WAYS TO BECOME MORE MINDFUL

1. Admittance and Acceptance聽

When it comes to making any type of progress within any aspect of life it is important to admit that something isn't right and to accept that something needs to chance. A lot of times we hold ourselves back from growing in life because we fail to accept change. We get very so caught up in our ways and hold on to things that are no longer serving us... that sounds so clich茅 but it's the truth.聽
So yes, that thing that has been tugging at you telling you it's time to move forward.. listen to it, because that is your聽Intuition! Which brings me to #2

2. Listen to You Intuition聽

Mhmm, there goes one of those overused phrases again! But I bet you've been ignoring huh? And that my friend is bad spiritual hygiene. But just incase you may be a little unsure of what the intuition really is, here's the official definition:
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/藢int(y)o蜑o藞iSH(蓹)n/
  1. the ability to understand something immediately, without the need for conscious reasoning.
You ever get that feeling like you just know you should do something or you just know you SHOULDN'T do something, without even having to really give it any thought.. yes, THAT is your intuition. We were gifted that ability so that we may be guided through life by it.聽
You cannot live a life of mindfulness if you do not listen to your intuition. Listening to that gut feeling is a perfect example of being aware of how you feel and living being present...leading us right into #3.

3. Be Present聽

This is something that I have had the hardest time with I must admit. And honestly, I'm still sort of struggling but I am becoming more aware (mindful) of it and when I find myself racing and pacing throughout the day i have to slow down and remind myself to be present.
Being present consists of living in the moment of RIGHT NOW. For example, right now you are reading this blog but you've probably been distracted (text, messages, emails, calls) countless times since you first started reading, and let's be honest, a lot of people won't even make it to this line because they already opened that text and got distracted. THAT is not a good way of being present.
When you set yourself to a task you need to focus on that until completed or until it's time to set it down and move on to the next task.聽Meditation & yoga are great ways to practice being present.聽
Before I get started, I set my attention towards that mediation or yoga sessions and dedicated that 10, 15, 30 mins towards that purpose.聽Candleshave played a big part in learning how to truly set my attention and my intention.
If it's peace I need to focus on, I light my Peace candle. If it's prosperity I long for, I light my Prosperity candle, and so forth. This action of lighting your intention is very powerful and sends the universe signals that this is something聽you need in your life. This is a true act of being mindful.

Conclusion

Though these three tips may not seem like much, they have the potential to make a huge difference in your life. Once you grasp the idea of living mindfully, the rest automatically just falls in place.
God bless!聽

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