Mindfulness has become a buzzword in recent years, but what does it mean? Today’s guest is modern mystic and mindfulness communication expert Brett Hill. He’s here to talk with us about spirituality, mindfulness and the mindfulness coaching business he started to help others move toward deeper truths and a higher level of awareness.
Make Space for Yourself
Sometimes, we worry that making space for ourselves is selfish. It’s tempting to give and give until you don’t have anything left, particularly when you’re a people pleaser or have trouble setting boundaries. That’s not sustainable in the long term.
Think about the last time you were on an airplane. The flight attendant’s advice before takeoff is memorable. He or she always says, “put your own oxygen mask on first before helping anyone else.”
It’s good advice whether you’re taking it literally or metaphorically. You can’t listen to or help anyone if you don’t take the time and space to understand yourself first, and that’s what mindfulness is all about.
When you live an intentional, mindful life to the best of your ability, you will be able to better serve yourself and others.
More than anything else, mindfulness is a practice. No one is good at it when they start, and perfection isn’t the point.
Think of it as a muscle that needs training. Unlike a physical muscle, you don’t need a gym membership or specialized equipment to get started with mindfulness.
You can introduce mindfulness into your day before you even get out of bed in the morning. That’s what Brett does. He tries to connect a thought and a feeling with a purpose every single morning.
Some days it works better than others, but the important thing is that he makes an effort. You can too, and it doesn’t have to be difficult.
You can begin incorporating mindfulness into your routine with as little as ten minutes of formal practice a day. Brett recently added a practical guide to getting started with mindfulness to his website if you’re looking for a way to begin.
If you want to learn more about mindfulness, you can connect with Brett through his website. He has a lot of great resources available. While the pandemic has made planning and scheduling difficult, this fall he hopes to give a TEDx talk on the language of mindfulness. We can’t wait to hear it!