What is mindfulness? Well, in the simplest terms, it’s being aware of your present. Sounds easy right? Well honestly, it takes some practice. Ever heard the term, “if you don’t control your thoughts, then they control you”? In a world full of stimulation, we find ourselves focused on reactions, likes, comments, or ratings, sometimes we lose touch of who we are.
“We are who we want to be, not what we are told to be, or who we should be.
Just be yourself, Bee.”
I’ve been through several phases in my life: from making straight A’s while desperately trying to get out of the ghetto to being a pothead in college. Like most others, there have been many phases in my life. What’s never changed is my passion as a learner and seeker. If I had enough time, I would learn everything possible; every language, song, instrument, recipe, and dance. I would learn everything about this planet…science, art, well, like I said: everything.
The beautiful, bittersweet thing about life is you only have so much time left. Your free will allows you to make life into whatever your imagination can dream up. Humans have the power of choice, but sometimes we forget to take our power and use it, examine it, and really dig deep into who we are. When was the last time you actually sat down and thought, who am I? What am I really doing with my life? And what do I want to be doing with my life? It’s easy to say what you don’t want, but it’s really tough to say what you do.
In my early 20’s, I fell into a deep depression, and starting searching. I picked up the book “The Power of Now” by Eckhart Tolle and it changed my life! I wasn’t aware of the degree of my negative self-talk; it allowed me to bring attention to how I actually thought about the world and myself (and it wasn’t pleasant). I was constantly calling myself ugly, fat, stupid, broken, hopeless, unlovable, etc. This is when I realized my whole mindset needed to change. I needed to shift the way I used my brain and processed my daily thoughts.
I wish I could say after I read that book that I was completely different and didn’t still have to work on watching my negative self-talk. It takes real effort to retrain the brain to reconnect its usual learned brain pathways and habitual thinking. You literally have to change the chemistry of your brain, and we will go into that later.
In easier terms: Watch your thoughts. Create your thinking patterns. Don’t let life happen to you: make life your own! The world is yours for you to create! Take this opportunity to start learning about mindfulness. Take back the power to run your own thoughts. Don’t let your thoughts and emotions run you. Watch your life change and progress, then watch your paradigm shift.
That is what this blog is about:
Food health of what you put in your body
Physical health and how you use your body
Mental health how you use your brain
In the end, you want to tell your body and mind what to do; not the other way around. But like most things, it’s easier said than done. For example, I can say I want to read a book a week, but actually committing the hours to achieve this goal and sacrificing the time is another thing. Yes, I watch my Snapchat friends go out, enjoy fishing, and take trips while I’m at home eating soup for the fourth day of meal prep to save time and money because I believe in something greater. I believe I’m meant to share my stories, my journey with you. To be honest I wouldn’t want to do anything else in the world.
My passion is to help YOU. That’s what I’m here for. There are those looking for something better, something greater, something with meaning, and together we will find and conquer it. I’m not perfect. We all make mistakes. But something has brought you here; and here we stand. Loving, learning, and expanding our minds together.
The only thing constant in life is change, so let’s change together, let’s “Bee the Change Over Time!”