GPS for Your Mind

Just like using a GPS when we are driving or walking helps us use our time to the best of our abilities, at least it’s supposed to, mindfulness enables us to make the most of the minds we have. For one, getting to know our minds through mindfulness is comparable to using a GPS because we can understand how we automatically react to certain situations that may make us anxious, jealous, upset, etc. The way we react to certain situations becomes apparent and we can start responding to them in the best way possible. Also we can then discern what thought patterns and habits we have that we want to let go of.

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For example, imagine being at the grocery store with a friend. When it is time to pay for everything and you don’t know which line to pick your friend chooses a line for you. You agree with her but then you soon realize that it is the slowest line in the store. Some of us may start thinking negative thoughts until our thought process spirals out of control and we end up despising our friend just because they made a suggestion. Luckily you have been practicing mindfulness so you notice that irritation, give it space, and let it pass without allowing it to alter the present moment. You are responding to the situation instead of  letting yourself get hooked by your emotions.

Want to know more about mindfulness? Then you may enjoy How I Return to the Present Moment in 4 Steps 

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11 Ways The Mind Abandons The Present Moment

There are a number of ways for the mind to lose focus of what is important and to check out of the present moment. Understanding the nature of our minds, even just a little bit better, can add a boundless amount of value to our lives. Here are 11 ways the mind becomes removed from the present moment.

1. Expectations

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“Trade your expectations for appreciation and the world changes instantly.”

Having low to no expectations allows the mind to stay open to all possibilities, which makes it possible for anyone to fully enjoy the moments they find themselves in.

2. Following Thoughts

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Following random thoughts not only causes the mind to lose focus but may also lead to anxiety, confusion, depression, and other negative states that can easily be avoided just by staying mindful.

3. Technology

For most of us, checking our phone every once in a while has become a habit that we aren’t even aware of. In order to ensure technology is helping us, opposed to holding us back, it’s important to bring your full attention to technology as well as everything else.

4. Doubt

Doubt only gets in the way of what we can accomplish.

5. Hopes & Fears 

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6. Emotions

7. Attachment 

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Think of what causes you to suffer. Is it related to some form of attachment?

8. Habits

Every habit we have is constantly causing us to check out of what is going on in the moment.

9. Thinking about the past & future 

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10. Overthinking 

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Overthinking will more than likely lead to negative and unnecessary thoughts.

11. Judging 

Imagine how much more interesting life would be if we replaced our judgments with curiosity.

 

Did you enjoy this post? Then you may like the 10 Everyday Situations That Mindfulness Transforms!