Claim to live your best life. 

Really claim it! What would it take for you to claim this statement deep down in your gut? You can’t buy it, rent it or steal it. We’ve all heard the old saying; that there are miserable millionaires and incredibly happy people without a cent to their name. How are the people with little to nothing living their best life? 

Why can’t millionaires live their best lives? Tip: the millionaires can, because money cannot buy mindfulness. 

Mindful of your Mind

Here’s a hint (other than the title of this article) be mindful of your mind. What is your mind telling you that simply is not true? Yes, I mean to say that there are things that come into your mind that are worrisome and illogical. Your mind rehashes things that happened in your past, beats you up for what you ate for dinner, creates drama that hasn’t even happened or even causes anxiety over something in the present moment. 

 There’s a voice in your head.

It’s true! That voice that said, “there’s no voice in my head.” is the voice in your head!

That voice that rehashes that conversation with your best friend last night, rationalizes the lies that you tell your wife, tells you that you need to buy more things, or actually fights with your husband even though he’s not around…

It is just that… A voice. 

Now listen to it… when you try to hear it, it stops! No, you (probably) are not schizophrenic. Everyone has a voice in their minds. 

I want to tell you right now that you just made the very first step toward mindfulness.

The voice has a name. 

I’ve heard the voice called many things. Phycologists call it “thought chatter”, Buddhists call it “Monkey Mind”, Michael Singer calls it “Your Inner Roommate”, Eckhart Tolle calls it “the Ego”

Now that you know about that voice, you can observe it from this point forward and say “oh, that’s just thought chatter”  

Listen to me when I say: YOU ARE NOT YOUR INNER DIALOGUE!” – Dean Bohkari

What is Mindfulness? 

Living in the present moment may seem hard at first. You must consciously shut up the chatter, worry, excitement, fear, planning for the future, the urge to fill the void in your heart with people and things. It’s about just being present and focusing precisely on what’s going on right now. Even for one minute a day. 

Have you ever arrived home from the office, parked the car and realized that you have no idea how you got there? That’s not mindfulness. 

You can quiet the voice and begin to live in the present moment.

How do I incorporate mindfulness? 

If you’re really trying to live your best life, how do you welcome mindfulness into your life?

Look at a tree, a flower, a plant. Let your awareness rest upon it. How still they are, how deeply rooted in ‘just being’. Allow nature to teach you stillness. When you look at a tree and perceive its stillness, you become still yourself.>

Can it really be that simple?

Enjoy the little things and the big things seem to mean so much more. 

Living your best life is not a one and done kind of thing. Every day, living your best life, can be practiced, savored and enjoyed. This is how those with nothing can be unwaveringly happy.

Observe your mind, quiet the chatter and observe what surrounds you without judgment. Living in the moment is a flower to be savored. Slowly and methodically.

Tobi D.

References:
Tobi D.,  I’m Living My Best Life! Gratitude edition
Dean Bokhari, 
“You are NOT your Inner dialogue”, MeaningfulHQ, https://www.meaningfulhq.com/you-are-not-your-inner-dialogue.html
Eckhart Tolle “The Power of Now” 
Michael Singer “The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself”
Steve Taylor, “The Voice Inside Your Head – Dealing with incessant thought-chatter”, Psychology Today, https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/out-the-darkness/201803/the-voice-inside-your-head

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