Michelle Johnson is an Team BeautyFit® Athlete, IFBB Bikini Pro, ISSA Specialist in Performance Nutrition, and Fitness Trainer who is recognized as a national level fitness authority, figure model, speaker and writer.
Her innovative workout programs have been implemented into some of the nation's leading health and fitness organizations. Her articles have been published by many leading industry magazines. She is an industry speaker on topics including weight management, wellness and group fitness.
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Mind Your Emotions - Mindfulness Will Transform Them
Mindfulness is Transformative. No matter what is going on in our lives, we must surrender ourselves to the present. It is in the present that all things are possible. It is the best way to deal with immediate emotions. There are some things that can't or won't be changed, so then what do we do about it? Rather than feel powerless, we have an opportunity to work creatively with the situation and/or change our inner relationship with them.
The first step begins with accepting that what is IS. We may not always be able to bend a situation to better suit us or to prevent something from happening. Going into acceptance gives you a chance to take a close look at the view. Then you can plan and proceed. When are minds are cluttered with thoughts, how can we get clarity? When we are in an emotional place of reactivity, we risk reacting from an emotional place that may create more imbalances. We will have better luck if we harness our emotions by first acknowledging what we are feeling. Once we simmer down we gain control and can develop the momentum and wisdom we need to deal with whatever it is we must deal with.
The meditative arts teach us how to bring a mindful presence into a chaotic world or situation. It helps us work well with our emotional life. We have an opportunity to still the waters of the wobbly mind. When we are in chaos or our minds full of clutter we can't get perspective and see the openings. We lose our receptivity. This cripples our ability to be in our true natural state. The mind is organically open, clear, reflective and luminous. It becomes clouded when it goes into reactivity. If our mind is not purified and we allow it to think all the negative thoughts it wants, panic, go into hysteria,anxiety mode, be defensive, get angry and remain busy all the time, we lose perspective. Our reality becomes warped. Our we feel about the view has everything to do with how we feel inside. We project our internal perspective onto the outside world and the people in it. We lose our power when we operate like a loose cannon mentally without any discipline or self control. We all have been in situations once we were calm we could see and deal with more clearly. If we have no baseline and we are all over the place when making decisions we risk making the wrong decisions. We risk judging a person or situation in a way that is warped. It does not serve us to be in this frame of mind. We want our view and decisions to be made passionately, but also rationally. It is always best to react by pausing, being patient, recognizing what feelings are rational and what are irrational. It's better to wait before going into defensive coping mechanisms. Otherwise, you may spend much of your life in damage control mode trying to repair what is now broken. Somethings won't be repairable and under your control any longer. This is why it is important to think before you leap.
We have all been in situations we wish we could do over. Many of us know when we "knee jerk" reacted to a situation versus addressed it when we were in a sound calm mind. Think about some of the do over situations in your life and if you had been in a place of mindfulness how differently the outcome could have or would have been. When we are in a place of natural spacious awareness where we are watching a situation and our own mind and reaction to something, we gain personal power. We can see things more clearly and what is at the heart of the matter. We better understand the history behind our reaction and know the truth of our reaction. Often are "knee-jerk" reactions are lead by the ego and our subconscious. When we are conscious of this we gain a clear perspective where all becomes transparent. We know the truth about life and outcomes. We have trust and faith that we can work with any given situation intelligently and rationally without always reacting immediately. We can pause, wait, look at it from different angles and then decide what course of action next is best.
When we are riding the waves of the stormy build up of emotion, we can't imagine there can be a calm, lucid tide that feeds the soul rather than tear it down. We see things as threat that may not be, we see people as bad versus in pain and unconscious. When we get clear and we purify our mind through mindfulness, we see the opportunity to grow and learn in all situations. There are no threats because we know we can shift into a place of moving with the tide rather than against it. We can ride the wave of whatever is going on with the confidence of a surfer. We have to relax in order to do this and maintain a steady, at ease place of balance that begins in the mind. We must still our own waters. There is a tenacity that comes with the mastery and ability to do this and do it well. Like meditation it is a practice. The more you do this the more you will be rewarded by more positive outcomes. We have to work on being less distracted, less chaotic and are more relaxed. We need to respect our natural nature and balance and we can only understand this by watching and observing the cause and effect along with the ebb and flow of all that surrounds us.
The antidote to most emotional disturbances is to transform the situation with mindfulness. Focus on this moment and then the next to ensure you are connecting the dots to most of the important answers you are seeking in your life.