Alternative mindfulness

I learned this formula when I began my mindfulness journey –> mindfulness equals meditation, which is why I tried to be a zen yogi at first. I immediately enforced this rule when I was hospitalized a few years ago. I’d lay out a towel on the floor and meditate with my legs crossed for 20 minutes. Then I opened my eyes and felt refreshed. Now I can’t meditate without falling asleep afterwards. Maybe because it’s so relaxing, but meditation hates me. I end up getting these vivid and almost lucid nightmares!

Years later, I’ve learned that mindfulness is just a theory so it can be anything you want it to be, such as colouring, reading, watching Netflix, or even cleaning the house.

Like it or not, many of us (“millennials”) have lost the real message of mindfulness, which is to just stay in the present and focus on something that makes you feel good! Instead, we have subscribed to these trendy habits that might not actually align with shit we really enjoy. We just meditate, colour mandalas, and roll out yoga mats like it’s nobody’s business. BUT! By all means, do all of this if it does make you feel good.

I am simply writing this as a PSA: you don’t have to meditate or colour mandalas to practice mindfulness because there are alternatives it… which is called do whatever the hell you want as long as it makes you happy.

I have been delightfully surprised to learn that ballet is a form of mindfulness I’m practicing, especially in my hour and a half long classes. I’m so physically and mentally immersed in it that all the drama before class disappeared, and what I have to do after class is magically vanished. I mean, maybe it’s because I’m afraid of screwing up in front of everyone but that’s besides the point.

Ballet or no ballet, I’m still another gal in a sea of people who enjoys colouring things (I love my Pusheen colouring book), sitting quietly and taking deep breaths, and focusing on each sensation from head to toe (also called body scanning).

I am no exception to the rule but I think it’s important to redefine what mindfulness means. There’s a little bit too much pressure to accomplish X, Y, and Z, in order to fully-mind-the-ness. Meditating, yoga, and colouring mandalas are all examples of mindfulness tools you can use. There are many, many, MANY alternatives to stay mindful everyday though. You know, stay casual and cool without trying to be anyone else except the super duper beautiful soul that you already are.

So… no matter what you do in your mindfulness journey, remember that you are enough 🙂 Don’t try to force any other mindfulness tools that don’t work for you. Just do you boo boo.

xoxo,
Joanne

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  1. Mind Palaver says:

    hi, i’ve just come across your blog and am really enjoying reading back through your posts. I love your voice – bright, strong and grounded (definitely no over the top BS disney ‘positivity’ here!). Looking forward to following your writing. All the best (Elle)

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