What does being mindful mean?
Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines mindfulness as “the practice of maintaining a nonjudgmental state of heightened or complete awareness of one’s thoughts, emotions or experiences on a moment-to-moment basis.”
Mindfulness to me is best summed up by the phrase "Be Here Now." I have this saying tattooed on the inside of my forearm as a reminder to stay as present as possible, (I also wear Mala beads with the same intention). It is easy to get stuck thinking about the past or worrying about the future. It can be a challenge to recognize our feelings in the present moment; to pause, breathe and become aware of your emotions and surroundings.
Mindfulness may be a trending word right now, but it is not a trend or a fad. I believe that mindfulness needs to become more innate in our daily lives. Many decisions do not need immediate answers. Many reactions can instead be thoughtful responses. One of the best questions I've ever been asked is “Are you breathing?" My answer “Well yeah, I'm alive, right?” Mindful (intentional) breathing is the first step towards the practice of mindfulness.
You may have noticed I refer to mindfulness as a “practice." A practice is the repetition of an activity so as to acquire or maintain proficiency in it. We must practice becoming mindful. Practice does not make perfect (as perfect is relative) but does help you grow and aids in your ability to become deeply (re)connected to yourself.
Why am I ranting about mindfulness?
How does this relate to Mindbosa?
Mindbosa (Mind, Body, Save) is a new concept. We are connecting personal gain with personal growth and doing so through mindfulness. When you track goals on our web app, you are not only consciously working towards a better self, but also building motivation and reward by saving money. This is an exercise in mindfulness. I am confident while using Mindbosa you will enhance your overall wellbeing.
I challenge you to “Be Here Now." Bring this mantra into your daily routine as often as you can. Set up reminders in your car, bathroom, kitchen, office and join me in practicing the new (and best) way to be alive. RIGHT NOW.