I first started learning mindfulness as a way to learn how to manage my anxiety but I ended up getting so much more out of it.
I titled this post that mindfulness is about so much more than learning how to relax because learning how to meditate is really only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the benefits of a mindfulness practice.
The Benefits of Mindfulness
Health Benefits – it’s pretty well known that a mindfulness meditation practice has a number of health benefits. Studies have shown that it can help you to sleep better, lower stress levels, manage chronic pain, help with depression and reduce anxiety.
With a regular practice you can literally change your brain – neuroplasticity baby!
The big one for me and the one that prompted me to start The Mindfulness Journey – it gets you out of your head.
Get out of your head and into your life
Mindfulness helps you to recognize when your inner critic pops up and starts speaking in your ear. And it reminds you that you don’t have to listen to what it says.
Growing up I was SO shy. Like, had a hard time speaking to friends shy. Writing out my pizza order (you know, the same order that we had all the time) shy. Writing out my name and what I wanted to say before placing a phone call in case I needed to leave a voicemail shy.
Not any more my friends.
I went from talking to no one to being on a few podcasts over the last few years.
From being someone who couldn’t even raise her hand in class to leading 22 mindfulness workshops last year.
Because mindfulness taught me how to pay attention to my thoughts and to take a step back from them and so that I don’t let them (i.e. the inner critic) run the show.
And not only did it give me more confidence but it also significantly reduce my feelings of stress and overwhelm which has brought so much more ease into my day.
Learning mindfulness came out of literally the hardest thing I’ve ever been through but it ultimately was such a gift.
People who know me now would never even believe that I was shy.
Since embracing mindfulness as a way of being I’ve learned how to sit with my feelings of discomfort and stress. To recognize fear when it shows up and to let it go and to take steps towards creating and living the kind of life that I have always wanted.
Mindfulness changed my life and now I want to help others do the same.