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“Sometimes you get lost between the world you live in and the world you want to live in.”

           This is what a friend just said to me and it couldn’t be more true. It’s hard to always live in the present moment when my past and my future flashes like slides in my mind.

            Dreaming of the future is a beautiful thing. And it can be very good for us to dream and imagine and wonder. But I have to remind myself that I am living in the right now. Sometimes I get caught up in the idea that all of time is continuing to happen constantly and I get overwhelmed by all the emotions that I feel that I’ve ever felt in my life. Sounds crazy, right? But that’s what it can be like as a sensitive creative. We feel so much happening all of the time that we cannot help but be overwhelmed by it all.

            That’s where mindfulness comes in.

            Mindfulness is the practice of simply being. But it’s not as simple as that. It is experiencing life without distraction, without excess, being in the moment and of the moment. Yes, is can be a basic state of meditation, but it is also a way to go about life, being fully aware without being consumed. All of this becomes a very difficult idea for me.

            There are certain things I try to remember in order to help me be more mindful.

1.     I’m not perfect, but that’s okay. Parts of me are actually fantastic.

This is a difficult one for me, but it’s something I am trying to teach myself little by little.

2.     You are not responsible for the whole world. And that’s a good thing.

Seriously true.

3.     Feeling deeply is allowed. Don’t be afraid of sensitivity.

Mindfulness does not mean that you squash all deep feelings. It just means that you are aware that you have them and you accept them for what they are. Don’t put more stress of yourself.

 

            What are the important things that you need to remember? What are you learning about yourself? 

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