In turning your attention fully towards whatever it is that occupies you, it is possible to understand more of the driving factors that influence our behaviour. After adopting a Mindful approach to life, there is no place left to hide for behaviour, thoughts or feelings that you wish to change. With Mindfulness comes a sense of responsibility, a feeling that you owe it to yourself to make the best of any situation – it is not at all a focussing of one’s resources on a specific task to the detriment of others, it is the understanding that we are a product of each and every decision that we make in any area of our lives. Having adopted a Mindful approach to one task by simply saying to oneself: ‘I am going to give this my full attention’, we begin to see how we might positively affect our situation.
Quickly, one begins to feel that it is more difficult to subdue what we feel is correct. Mindfulness is the awareness and strengthening of your own voice of reason and intuition that can help you further your strengths and develop your weaker attributes. Employing a Mindful approach to your life means addressing all the elements of your life with attentiveness and rationality: your relationships and work, nutrition and health, spirituality and character are all under scrutiny when you make the decision to be conscious of the happenings in your life and mind.
Being Mindful helps reveal to us the things that are within our power and returns to us a sense of responsibility, the feeling that we are in fact in the driver’s seat in our lives. It is no easy task, and often our voice of reason goes against what we temporarily desire or leads us on a more difficult path. This is a necessary result of choosing to live in a way in which you attempt to derive as much benefit from your existence as possible.
Ultimately, nothing changes in your outside world if nothing changes inside. Take responsibility for yourself, adopt a Mindful approach to your life as a whole, and your ‘voice of reason’ will gain in strength and conviction – who knows, you might just start listening to what it has to say...