Consistency and Mindfulness is the topic today. Do you feel you would be better off if you were more consistent? Would you like to know how to use mindfulness to help you be more consistent? Consistency is something that can help you feel more grounded, with more of a sense of control. When life is confusing, unpredictable, and you lose your sense of stability, then consistency is what you crave. Today I’m going to share 5 ways to bring more consistency to your life.
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Consistency and Mindfulness
1/ Make Habit Your Friend
Decide what mindfulness activities you want to implement into your life. Make a list and write down or record your thoughts about what you want to achieve.
Promise yourself to do your chosen mindfulness activity for 100 days. Go to Google and search “100 days from today’s date”. It will tell you your final destination date. When you arrive there, you will probably want to continue the idea, but if you don’t you will feel amazing that you nailed consistency.
I’ve mentioned the book The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg before. It is a terrific book about habit and I highly recommend it. It’s an easy read, lots of interesting stories and it will cause you to look at habit in a new and different way.
2/ Think It Through
You’ve journaled or recorded your thoughts. Now take some of your key ideas, and meditate on them. Narrow the ideas down to a few sentences, record them on your phone, and meditate. This can be in the form of a traditional guided meditation, or use it as a walking or running meditation. Your subconscious mind will process your thoughts. Listen for resulting feedback. In other words, what comes to mind during and following these meditation sessions?
Now put your plans to paper and be definite about what you decide to do. Maybe you’ve concluded that you’ll run for 30 minutes outside everyday for 100 days. Maybe you will listen to your ‘self-bullying thoughts’, and snap an elastic band on your wrist every time you notice one. Maybe you’ll notice every time you judge someone or are critical, even in your thoughts of another person. Switch that criticism into a thought of “I shine light and love on everyone and everything, with compassion”.
3/ Believe in Honesty
Keep your promises to yourself. We usually think of honesty as being truthful to other people, like our family, or others at work.
Actually, true honesty starts with yourself. Notice when you are being honest with yourself and when you’re not. Noticing is the first step. Once you do that, you’ll be able to make a change as to how judgmental you are being of other people and things. Being judgmental is a part of negativity and a lot of times we don’t even realize we’re doing it.
4/ Reward Yourself
Know what mindfulness activity feeds your soul the most and give yourself the pleasure of treating yourself for keeping your mindfulness activities consistent. For instance, maybe you just love taking walks on the beach and watching the water. Give yourself the gift of dropping everything, and going for a relaxing, fulfilling walk on the beach. Just listen to the sounds of the birds, the breeze, and the water. Allow your body and mind to drink in the mindful pleasure of this activity without listening to recordings or feeling you have to accomplish something at the same time.
5/ Intentionally Enjoy Your Mind Break
If you are consistently doing a mindful activity every day, you will get to the point where it won’t be a struggle or a challenge to just go ahead and do the activity. Make a mental note of how good it feels in your body and mind to not struggle with a decision. You are actually being rewarded for having made the decision to be consistent. Life is easier. You have control over this aspect of your life. Taking control of what you can control in your life is freeing.
As humans, we often become anxious over what we can’t control and we forget to notice the things we are able to control at a given moment in time. Put more focus on the things you CAN control. The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg. This book talks about scientific discoveries that explain why habits exist and how they can be changed. Duhigg uses stories to help us understand the power of habit and how we can all use it to our advantage. Another book you may want to consider reading is, ‘Atomic Habits by James Clear.'
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