An easy way to practice mindfulness in your everyday life
Updated: Jul 29, 2020
Have you ever noticed that your mind finds it easier to focus in on NEGATIVE things and not the POSITIVE things?
Ever wondered this?
Well it's a completely natural evolutionary thing to humans!
It's called NEGATIVE BIAS.
Humans have evolved to survive and therefore avoid danger.
If your brain didn't focus on the dangers, you could easily make a mistake and end up, well dead. The humans that survived back in ancient times were the ones that could best focus in on danger and avoid it.
So even though dangers nowadays may not be directly life threatening, your brain still focusses on them.
SO HOW DO WE GET ROUND THIS I HEAR YOU SAY?
So put simply, when you have negative thoughts enter your mind, the first step is to become aware of them, notice them without judgement, then step back and see the bigger picture and find something positive about that particular situation.
A really good example that I read in Mindfulness for dummies: your negative thought is "I have to stand in a queue in the supermarket again". Your positive counter thought Is "I am able to buy food to feed my family"
TRY IT. SEE HOW DIFFERENT IT MAKES YOU FEEL.
The more and more you practice this, the more you re-train your mind to do this naturally.
But don't worry if you keep slipping into these negative thought cycled as it comes from a natural place, just keep trying💚.