Practice vs Theory
There are many many books and apps out there now about mindfulness, and how it can change your life. It's fantastic to see that such a helpful tool is becoming so popular, but buying a book, or downloading an app, will not make the change happen.
What will make the change happen, is to do a Mindfulness practice daily. If you have an app on your phone use it. If you have found a practice you like, do it.
I know from my own experience that buying the book and reading it can make me feel better about myself for a short while—I like the idea of myself practicing a new skill, I like the feeling of trying one or two exercises from the book and thinking about how good I will feel if I do this all the time. But I know all too well that unless I turn these thoughts into action, nothing will change.
If mindfulness is not a part of daily life, you or I won't come to know the benefits of it.
Here is a basic grounding practice that brings you out of your thoughts and into the present. I suggest you do it in the morning to set your compass for the day to come.
Challenge yourself to do this very simple (and free!) practice every morning for the week to come, and see how it makes a difference in your day.
"Knowledge is of no value unless you put it into practice." - Anton Chekhov
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