5 Ways Mindfulness Saved My Life

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I was introduced to word mindfulness in 2004.  I was walking through one of the most painful times in my life and feeling very lost.  I was recovering from two pregnancy losses, miscarriages or baby deaths as I like to refer to them, 3 months apart, and trying to hold down a very demanding social work job which I loved very much.

I was sure of one thing, in 20 years, when I told my story of loss, I was not going to be in a state of shock and still grieving as if I had just experienced my baby’s deaths yesterday.  I was not going to walk through this pain unconsciousness and unaware.  I was going to feel.

I created a sign and put it on the wall in front of my desk. It said:

I am aware of how I feel.

I am aware of my thoughts

I am aware of my surroundings

I am aware 

I then made a self care plan of what I would do everyday. It said:

Everyday I will walk outside 

Everyday I will feel my feelings 

Everyday I will remember to breathe deeply

Everyday I will write in my journal

I shared what I was doing with my therapist and she said I was being mindful, “mindful?” I questioned.  She explained mindfulness was being with each moment without trying to be somewhere else, it was about meeting myself with love and compassion.  I told her I had been practicing this way of life for 10 years and never knew there was a “name’ for it.

2004  was a very profound time in my life.  I deepened in character more than I could have ever imagined.  I walked through a horrible time, but I learned woven within the fabric of my loss was the most intensely  beautiful threads of gold I had ever seen. This is when  soul nourishment  became a way of life for me. I learned I was the most important person on the planet and I was no longer willing  to compromise my well being.

Recently I birth Soul Care University, a virtual center where one can learn the skills needed to care for themselves at the soul level.  In 2004, I made a vow to myself that I would share what I learned about self and soul care. I would never keep my journey a secret, my mission was to share my stories as teaching tools for others, especially women who were tired, suffering in silent, and feeling beat down by life.

Here I am quietly sharing my stories to all who want to listen, learn and be inspired. As Maya Angelou said, “Wouldn’t  take nothing from my journey now”.

Here are 5 Ways Mindfulness Saved My Life:

  1. Mindfulness living reminded me that I am love and love is all there is.

  2. Mindfulness reminds me, slow and steady always wins.

  3. Mindfulness living reminds me that my life is a gift no matter what.

  4. Mindfulness living reminds me to appreciate everything.

  5. Mindfulness living has taught me it’s okay to feel.

As with all things, I am a work in progress.  Some days are easier than others but always there is a fresh new day to start again.

I invite you to learn more about Soul Care University and check out our recent e-courses and  programsWe are small, but our heart is huge.   I am working on a new e-course I Know I Will Fly, Sacred Healing Rituals for Pregnancy Loss and a few others.  Looking forward to seeing you at Soul Care U.

 

Author: Chonteáu

Often called a Modern Day Medicine Woman, Chonteau offers soul support and guidance to her clients. She specializes in soul retrieval, archetypical and deep soul work. She mainly supports Lightworkers and healers feel more grounded and centered while balancing their practices and their personal lives.

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