So a lot of people have their minds south of the border today. Seems there's a new president going to be running the show. And even if we have feelings and thoughts about that, the fact is, it's outside of our control. This is when it is helpful to practice the discipline of noticing, naming and containing. Is it wrong to think about this? No. However, our mental health increases dramatically when we are focused on what is within our control and when our positive thoughts outweigh the negative. So, my recommendation is for you to notice if you are upset about something, name what your issue is about it and get heard by someone (or validate your own reality by journalling) and then switch to what IS within your control and is more positive. So today I decided to think about the positive influence that Ellen Degeneres is having on the world. She just won her 20th People's Choice Award. I believe that it's because she focuses on love and kindness as her way of going about being in the world and everyone needs more of that. So the inside of my head went kind of like this in picture form....
That's mindfulness...notice, decide, choose....repeat!