Emotions are complicated.
We often don’t even know exactly how we feel.
Sad. Worried. Fearful. Scared. Angry. Confused.
Sometimes we may feel a certain way, but not be able to figure out where those emotions are coming from exactly. Maybe, out of the blue, we are just feeling down if someone asked, “Why are you feeling bummed?” we might not even know how to answer.
A passing thought can trigger a chain reaction of feelings that leave us feeling very uncertain or sad.
Maybe, you are hard on yourself, but it happens so often and so deep that you can’t even hear your own thoughts.
Maybe you recall something from when you were younger, and you feel sad but are not sure why.
Maybe your friend said something to you, and because you’re not feeling well, you believe they are throwing shade instead of being your friend.
In all of these situations, a solution is simple, but it isn’t easy.
In the simplest way, mindfulness is about paying attention to what is happening inside your mind and body.
Tuning into your emotions, so you can recognize how you’re feeling at any given time. Tuning into your thoughts so that you can know what you are saying to yourself or saying about a certain situation. Tuning into your memories, so you can recognize what you recall and how it makes you feel.