Personal Reflection

How Practicing Mindfulness Helped Me During My Recovery

Being mindful made me listen to my body.

In high school, I had a yoga teacher who made the class meditate every day. In retrospect, I’m grateful for that experience.

Even though I don’t meditate all the time, I do try to be mindful. Especially when my body is in pain.

Nowadays, I stretch often because that’s when I’m able to be more mindful. I become aware of my breathing as well as how I’m feeling.

I struggle with the non-judgemental side of meditating. What can I say? I’m a judgemental person. But honestly, judging others doesn’t make me happier. If anything, I prefer minding my own business. Which is why I try to.

In my experience, I suck at reserving judgment. I’m trying to be more mindful of that.

I’m a fan of mindfulness meditation. It doesn’t solve every problem under the sun, but the practice helped me during a difficult time. I felt more in touch with my body, not just physically but mentally and emotionally as well.

I also put aside my own judgement long enough to cry a lot of tears. While I know crying isn’t going to fix anything, I tend to feel better after.

I need to express my emotions somehow, regardless of whether they are positive or negative.

Meditation is personal in many ways, and that’s okay. The practice differs from person to person. One form of meditation might not work for you but maybe another will.

At the very least, being aware of how you’re doing isn’t a bad thing.

Personal Reflection

Think, Act, Be

Think first. 

Think twice. 

Act later. 

Act well. 

Be aware. 

Be smart. 

Blogging

What A Year Of Blogging Has Taught Me

I haven’t been blogging for a long time but I have learned a great deal thus far. Therefore, I’ll attempt to bestow my wisdom upon you, although I do not claim to be an expert. Read what I have to say if you feel I am worth your time or skip this post entirely if you think I am an airhead.

Blogging has taught this teenager:

  • To be more aware. Every now and then, my posts are based on worldwide events or common (and even uncommon) holidays.  Occasionally, my blogging process consists of a stage dedicated solely to research. I always have to keep my eyes and ears open as well. A great blogger never stops observing, thinking, and analyzing. For this reason, it is important to constantly pay attention and be completely aware of surroundings, places, people, etc. After a year of blogging, I now know much more about this world than I ever did before.
  • To focus on what’s important. I know that sounds like a general statement. Let me get more specific. Along the way, I’ve done my best to stay positive and not be bogged down by mundane things like the number of visitors that read my blog or the number of likes each post receives. To be happy, I need to concentrate on what makes me happy. While I love drafting up posts, I equally love interacting with everyone in the WordPress community. So thank you all for allowing me to do this. I owe my happiness and sanity to you guys.
  • To manage my time better and to stop procrastinating. I thought I had good time-management skills back then. Now, I realize I have great time-management skills. It isn’t easy to be a teenager, to pursue dance, and to run a blog. In spite of my busy schedule, it’s not quite as bad when I prioritize well and rarely procrastinate. Because of that, I am able to get the grades I want, dance daily, and blog/write/read until my heart’s content. To me, that’s the best part.

I rather not bore you with the obvious. That blogging has taught me to write better…blah, blah, blah. Unless you really want me to. It’s taught me to be concise, to be less vague, and I bet you’re losing interest right about now. Am I right? I’ll stop here. Thanks for stopping by. I promise you I’ll return the favour. Since most of my readers are American, I’ll amend my previous statement. I’ll return the favor.