While it often goes overlooked, there is a difference between our feelings and the thousands of thoughts that float through our heads each day. Learning to differentiate between the two can provide much-needed relief and allow us to lead happier lives.
Our thoughts are not always true to fact, nor are they always reflective of our wants and desires. Thoughts are simply a flowing of ideas, opinions, or beliefs (or something else even less significant). Because of this, it’s not uncommon for us to barely notice or pay attention to the numerous thoughts we have throughout the day.
Mindfulness is a hot topic. You may have heard it mentioned in radio commercials, on tv, or even at happy hour. But, what exactly is mindfulness? Mindfulness is the act of purposefully calling your attention to the present moment without judgement. Its benefits have been well documented. Mindfulness can improve your concentration, reduce anxiety, and decrease racing thoughts. It can also help you to become a more active and aware participant in your daily activities and relationships.
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