“Inside this new love, die.
Your way begins on the other side. Become the sky!
Take an axe to the prison wall.
Escape. Walk out…like someone suddenly born into color.
Do it now. You’re covered with thick cloud. Slide out the side.
Die, and be quiet…Quietness is the surest sign that you have died.
Your old life was a frantic running from silence.
The speechless full moon
comes out now.”- Rumi
Mindfulness improves our quality of life by bringing us present to the world around us, to our relationships, and to what really matters in this frantic and crazy world of ours. I believe a successful mindfulness practice can change your life and also help you change the world around you.
How do you improve your life expectancy by more than 100% of what it is now? Simple answer, you start living the life that you’ve been born into. Most of us aren’t awake to the life before us and therefore may only be alive mere minutes out of every day. By waking up to the life we have, we dramatically increase the amount of life that we are actually living and therefore, increase our life expectancy, a.k.a the amount of life that we are actually living, by upwards of a 1,000%!
By incorporating mindfulness training, Life Warrior is able to help a person re-program their self defeating, stressful, and negative thought patterns. By simply being mindful, we are able to recognize the mental viruses that constantly run rampant in our brain and cause us to create such hectic and stressful lives. Mindfulness training allows us to recognize these viruses and relax the mind and body, creating an open state of mind that sees the world as a place full of possibilities. Most of the time, what we were worried so much about didn’t matter at all.
Because most of us are constantly in a stressed out, fight or flight state of being, we wreak havoc on our immune systems promoting sickness and stress rather than well being and calmness. By simply calming the mind, we begin to address stressful situations through observing our thoughts and evaluating the best possible solutions rather than through identifying with our thoughts and reacting.
Different cultures throughout the world recognize the importance and effectiveness of mindfulness training. It goes by many names: mindfulness, meditation, reflection, contemplative prayer, MBCT (Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy) etc. but the principles are the same; learn to control your mind and your thoughts, and you can be a more productive and attentive person.
The U.S.military has even begun integrating their version of mindfulness training into their IET (Initial Entry Training) program. The Department of Defense discovered that soldiers are much more effective and adaptive when they learn to harness the greatest asset they have, their mind.
Here’s to being a warrior!
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