In the first couple weeks of this blog series, I’ve been explaining what mindful living is and have given some examples of how you can bring more mindfulness into your life. If you missed those blog posts, you can click here to go check them out. We’ve already talked about a few of the ways that you can tell if living more mindfully will help you become happier, but I wanted to dive a little deeper and give you 7 signs that prove you will love adding more mindfulness into your life.
There’s a good chance you will relate to at least one of these signs, but there’s an even bigger chance that you might relate to several of these items and possibly even all of them. I want to encourage you not to read through this list as a mental “my life sucks” checklist or to feel bad about relating to any of these signs.
Instead, every time one of these items sounds familiar, take that as an indication that there is hope for a better life. The answer to these signs is mindfulness, so even if you relate to all ten of them, just know that there is a solution and you can learn to live more mindfully moving forward.
Without further ado, here are the 7 signs that you will love living a more mindful life:
1. You want to let go of the past.
One of the biggest signs that you could use more mindfulness in your life is when you always seem to be dwelling in the past and you can’t seem to let go of it. This could include thinking about a past relationship that didn’t last or feeling like someone in your past has hurt you in some way. Just remember, no one has lived a perfect life. Every single thing that has happened in the past has gotten you to exactly this place, which is an opportunity for a fresh start to live a life you love.
2. You seem to worry constantly about the future.
Another common sign is the exact opposite of the previous item. Instead of (or maybe in addition to) dwelling on the past, a lot of people find themselves fixated on the future. This can force us into a state of constant worrying. One of my favorite quotes is, “Worry is like a rocking chair, it gives you something to do but it doesn’t get you anywhere.” Keep this in mind when you’re feeling worried about the future. And stay tuned for ways to let go of your worries and focus on the present moment,.
3. You can’t remember the last time you stopped to smell the roses.
In today’s busy world it can feel almost impossible to slow down long enough to appreciate the small, happy moments in life. When was the last time you watched a beautiful sunrise or sunset? And when was the last time you literally stopped to smell the roses (or tulips, or any other flower for that matter)? We fast forward through so many amazing moments in our daily lives. Thankfully, living more mindfully can help you recognize these moments and press the pause button every now and then.
4. You feel like time seems to be going by way too fast.
A lot of us live our lives season by season, but have you noticed that we are usually so busy looking forward to the next season that we generally don’t appreciate and enjoy the current one we’re in? Time just seems to go by faster and faster, and if we don’t slow down a little bit we are going to turn around in the blink of an eye and the year will already be over, without us having the chance to make those big changes we planned way back in January.
5. You want to change your life but you don’t know where to start.
Doesn’t it feel like all we ever think about is how we wish things could be different in our lives? And when was the last time we actually took steps to make those changes happen? If we’re honest with ourselves, we generally spend more time thinking about how we want to live a better life than we spend on making that better life into a reality. But you CAN make those changes. You just need to get intentional about your time and focus your energy to make them become a reality. That's where mindfulness comes in!
6. You know your life is amazing, but you’re too busy to appreciate it.
Do you ever see those reminders on Facebook that show you a flashback memory from a few years ago? Isn’t it nice to see some of your happiest moments replayed? Chances are that you have some amazing things going on in your life that are happening right now. Ask yourself, how much are you appreciating the good things in your life as of today? When you start working on mindfulness, you’ll be surprised at how many incredible moments you have in your everyday life.
7. You want to live your life to the fullest.
We all want to live our best lives, right? And hopefully we would like to start living those amazing lives sooner rather than later, true? This doesn’t mean your current life is miserable or that you don’t enjoy parts of your life. But what it does mean is that you have a deep sense of knowing that there’s something more out there, something beyond what you’re living right now. And the great news is that mindfulness can truly help you reach that "something more" type of life.
See? There IS hope!
If you feel like your life can get even 1% better than it currently is, then you are in good company. Most of us want more out of life. And a lot of people don’t know how to get it. I’m here to tell you that by living more mindfully, you CAN live the life of your dreams. It is 100% possible and if you are willing to put in some work you will be amazed at how incredible your life will look very soon.
I hope this blog post was helpful and I hope you stick around for the rest of this series. Next week we’ll be talking about specific ways you can benefit from mindfulness. If you missed the previous posts or just need a refresher, you can find them here:
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Until then, sending all the light & love your way,
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