[Preface from Dr. Lynda]

Here at EWC we are interested in giving voice to people of all ages. This article is written by Bethany Leduc, our 19-year-old editing intern! One day she showed me the terrific video she ends this piece with, and I liked it so much I asked her to round out the topic for us. Great work, Bethany!


Our thoughts have the power to send us spiraling into a darkness that can be hard to navigate through, but if we work them right, they also have the power to bring us back to safety, wonder, and delight.

 Today, we explore how we can lighten our world up a bit just by using our thoughts in an intentional way!

Isn’t it a bit strange that we don’t always know what’s happening in our brain at any given moment? For example, in the heat of a moment, do you ever stopped yourself and asked, “why am I reacting this way?”

Deciphering our minds can be a tedious process, but it doesn’t have to be so difficult! Turns out there is a way that we can learn how to cope and react to situations in positive ways without making a visit to our therapists! So, have you ever heard this term mindfulness? It’s being thrown around a lot lately.

To simplify the process people are referring to, here’s a quick, entertaining video from the wonderful channel, Happify! Take a look:

Wow! If only all superpowers were that easy to learn!

Now how do we know when we need to take a pause and start intentionally navigating our thoughts? Negative situations and emotions can pop up at any time unannounced. Thanks to another lovely animation by Happify, we now have a few helpful tools that we can keep under our belts. Enjoy!

Via: Happify 2

Is mindfulness truly a necessity? It is starting to appear that way!

We can use the teachings in the video above to help grow in ways that we never could before. Internal arguments don’t always have to be a bad thing! Mindfulness shows us just how much power we truly have over our emotions. We don’t have to be afraid to tell ourselves no. We can do what we feel we need to do now instead of regretting not doing it later.

We have one last amazing video by Happify that will convince you that mindfulness is a vital and grand thing to learn. This is the one I showed our Ever Widening Circles founder, Dr. Lynda, and it inspired this article!

Via: Happify 3

It’s sometimes hard to figure out which wolf to feed, but what could happen if we made a companion out of both sides? Could befriending both wolves help us understand ourselves on a deeper level? Insecurities are inevitable, but succumbing to them doesn’t have to be.

Remember: Just because life may seem dark currently doesn’t mean it always will be.

The path of life is full of twists and turns. That’s something that is inevitable! But we can learn from each one, and use them to push our lives back in a positive direction.

Your life is what you make it, so choose to make it glorious!

If you’re interested in learning more, but don’t know where to start, look into Happify’s YouTube Channel. They have many wonderful videos on mindfulness, and even a few other techniques.

Step out into the world with a deeper understanding of yourself, and use it to create the life you’ve always dreamed of!

Be understanding, be passionate, be joyous. But most of all, be yourself.

-Bethany

“If you’re going through hell, keep going.” -Winston Churchill

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Notes:

  1. “Why Mindfulness Is a Superpower: An Animation.” YouTube, Happify, 7 Dec. 2015, www.youtube.com/watch?v=w6T02g5hnT4.
  2. “How to Defeat Negative Thinking: An Animation.” YouTube, Happify, 12 Apr. 2017, www.youtube.com/watch?v=_XLY_XXBQWE.
  3. “How Mindfulness Empowers Us: An Animation Narrated by Sharon Salzberg.” YouTube, Happify, 19 Jan. 2016, www.youtube.com/watch?v=vzKryaN44ss.

Bethany is an editing and writing intern at Ever Widening Circles.