Take a Breath
Take a deep breath and say “I am exactly where I am supposed to be. Life is happening for me, not to me.” Take a look at the picture above and take it in for a moment.
Let me ask a question, “Have you ever thought about the words you tell yourself?” This is a simple yet important question. Words are very powerful. They really dictate a multitude of things. We all tell ourselves things. Sometimes these things are positive and other times, they are negative. But where do these statements/phrases that we tell ourselves come from?
We are constantly being pulled in different directions in life. Whatever we are constantly consuming is going to be on our minds. If you are consuming something with a lot of harsh language, violence, and fighting; it is going to most likely lead to those things happening in your own life. If you are consuming motivational speeches and/or learning new ways to enhance your life; you will most likely experience growth in your life. What we consume has everything to do with how we communicate to others and ourselves.
At times, we do not realize the importance of paying attention to what we are consuming. We are in a society that is constantly being told to consume a million and one things. Let me tell you a secret…you have a choice on what you consume. Personally, I know as a society it is super easy to get caught up in all the negativity. All we ever see on TV any more revolves around violence, sex, and typically harsh language. We need to be mindful.
You may be asking, “How do we get around this? How can we consume better content? What is mindfulness about?”
I have been working on becoming mindful about all the things I consume. Being mindful is about being in the present moment and being aware of what is happening. Here’s a list of everything I have been thinking about being mindful of:
- Social Media
- TV Shows
To start off, I took a break from social media for about two months. In this time I was able to completely focus my time on spending time with God and developing myself. It was a much needed break. I still get caught in the mindless scrolling, but I now work on using social media as a tool and not a crutch when experiencing anxiety.
I have not been a huge movie or tv show person, but when I do watch something I am mindful. There are millions of shows to watch, but few are “family friendly”. It is difficult finding something that does not have too much violence or language. It is not impossible though!
Lastly, I love listening to podcasts and music. Today’s music is about breakups and the problems people have. It is very hard to find music that is uplifting. I used to listen to a decent amount of music that did not help the depression I was experiencing. I moved over to music that was positive and eventually switched to completely to listening to Christian music. I also tend to listen to podcasts that are about self development and self improvement.
It was amazing to see the changes that took place and the importance of being mindful of what we consume. I have noticed that I am calmer. I am also enjoying the things I consume because I don’t feel overwhelmed by not having a choice. We have a choice in what we pay attention to as well as what we decide to consume every single day.
If you have any type of way that you practice mindfulness through what you consume, let me know below!! I would love to hear what you are doing to stay positive in a negative world.