Sounds like an oxymoron doesn’t it? Lately, I’ve found myself trying to be more conscious about the choices I make. This pertains to my daily choices in the morning, at work, and how I spend my evening. Some people call this mindfulness. You may already know this, but there is a mindfulness movement happening now. I have never been one to use this term when describing myself, but as I began thinking about how I’ve tried to be more present and conscious when making decisions, I realized that being “mindful” was what I was doing.
What is mindfulness?
The definition of mindfulness is “the quality or state of being conscious or aware of something.” Straightforward and to the point, being conscious and considering how the choices you make will affect you, your family, the environment, etc., is mindfulness. Experts say practicing mindfulness – because it does require effort every day – is a way to find peace in our chaotic world. Much like meditation, it forces you to step back, look at the bigger picture, and evaluate what the best choice is. It’s pushing yourself to be aware in every conversation and moment taking place, rather than walking through life hypnotized.
For me, mindfulness began creeping in when I decided to join the Air Force. I knew that a day would come when I would have to leave for Basic Training and my body would either melt into the drastic transition or reject it. Since I don’t want my body to reject this transition, I started making small changes in my routine to prep myself.
I began limiting my Coca-Cola intake. I started eating less, but also eating healthier. I began pushing my body beyond its limits to become stronger.
It didn’t stop with prep for Basic Training. It bled into my financial decisions too. For example, I began asking myself if I should go out or pack my lunch (healthier and cheaper)? Should I take up that offer to go out when I already have a lunch with me? Usually, the answer is the frugal option.
I’m not perfect yet, but as my time in St. Louis draws to an end, I am choosing to spend less time on things that drain me and more time on projects, people, and places I find worthwhile. This includes my blog, friends, family, and those few spots in St. Louis I enjoy.
My goal is to continue pursuing mindfulness and conscious decision-making in what I purchase, from clothes to groceries, as well as how I spend my free time. I want to lessen the time spent perusing pointless internet junk and increase the time spent reading books, working on Rose Colored Water, and being outside.
It’s a work in progress, but I am making strides.
Do you ever think about this? Have you considered how you make choices? Do you practice mindfulness?