Basically what I’m saying is you don’t have to sit in a room with your legs crossed, with someone telling you when and how to breathe in and out in order to reap the benefits of living mindfully. You also don’t have to be into yoga and you most certainly do not need to be a vegan contrary to popular belief.
Mindfulness has completely changed my life and guess what? I’m not into yoga and I am a fully fledge meat eater. And cheese. And if I wasn’t still nursing a back injury, I would be doing really intense, explosive workouts that leave me feeling like the queens of all Diva’s #divatrain. I put my headphones in, I have me time and I do it mindfully. Which leads me to discuss (what I feel) is the difference being meditation and mindfulness.
Generally speaking, the practice of meditation is what aids you in living life mindfully. To be mindful is to live in the present moment, here and now. What happened last week is serving you no good purpose still thinking about it, and worrying about something in the future only ruins the moment at hand. If you think about it (pun intended), the only moment we ever have is right now therefore nothing else matters except now. And now. And now. Aaaaaaand now. For so long I was a prisoner of my own thoughts. Sometimes it would almost feel like my mind was so loud that I was completely disconnected from everything going on around me, living in constant fear of panicking. When I hurt my back a year and a half ago, I had to stop exercising, which is how I found mindfulness. As physically and mentally challenging as it has been, its actually the best thing that’s ever happened to me as it forced me to find other ways to keep myself calm and I am a MUCH calmer person because of it.
How I view mindfulness and meditation is different to some. For so long my mum tried to tell me to meditate and I literally couldn’t think of anything worse. Seriously? How can you tell me to sit and breath in and out when I feel this anxious mum? Breathing?! Sure… because that’s really going to help me! Ok Mum, you were kind of very right. Focusing on my breath for a couple of minutes a day, who knew that would be the transformation of my world? The more I did it, the more I began to disconnect from my thoughts and not become them, which is one of the most powerful things I have ever learnt. I am not my thoughts. Just because a negative thought comes into my head does not mean I need to indulge in it. Now, if I do get thoughts that seem harming in any way I can almost see it like an annoyance. THAT exact awareness of observing the thought, to me, is how I live mindfully because what it does is bring you back to the moment at hand. Almost like oh, there’s that thought again trying to ruin the now. Yeah I’m good thanks you can move along!
Meditation is a very personal thing to me, which is why I don’t like the idea of doing it in a room with other people. Don’t get me wrong, I think the art and concept of yoga is incredible and you have to be unbelievably strong to hold some of those poses, its just not for me. I’m also not saying that mindfulness, meditation and yoga are all the same thing. I’m actually saying the opposite. I think that people stereotype when it comes to all this stuff. Like in order to meditate you need to eat a plant-based diet and do yoga 5x a week. Not true, I am an example.
So to conclude, I meditate and against all stereotypes I eat a large amount of meat and I truly belief that cheese is life.
“What does the cheese say when it looks in the mirror?”
“Oh man that was a gouda.”