7 Day Mindfulness Challenge **Day 2** Eric Ungs
Interview with Eric Ungs
Why is mindfulness important?
Mindfulness is essential. It's essential for self growth, for alleviating stress and anxiety. It's one of those things that gets overlooked but should be a focal point of daily routines.
We all have this voice in our head. There's a good voice and a bad voice. Both feed into who you are and who you become. The more you let that ego, the bad voice, continue speaking the more you end up becoming those thoughts, they turn into reality.
Being mindful and having mindfulness become part of your day and part of who you are is the action that tames the ego. When you're able to tame that ego, the voice that continuously fills your headspace, it allows you to become more in tune with the present moment. You're more aware of the moment, you're more aware of your feelings towards that moment.
Mindfulness is a domino affect. Being mindful is the foundation, the root, to self growth and change.
How is mindfulness part of your life?
Mindfulness is part of my daily routine, when it isn't, I notice. I notice the heavyness on my chest. I notice the distractions I'm allowing to surface from both internally and externally.
Part of committing to a journey of intentional self growth is establishing small actions throughout your day, that over time, moves mountains. These actions initiate a release from within. It scrapes away the exterior to get to what's really going on inside. What once was suffocating in a dark place, is now able to surface because of the space that's been freed through mindfulness.
The actions that create mindfulness, for me, include: writing, journaling, meditating, reading.
I typically either start the day with these or end with these. My ideal day is to start with these practices first thing in the morning. I wake up an hour earlier than the rest of my family to create time for journaling, meditation and reading. These actions allow me to start the day with headspace. There's no baggage. There's all clarity. Releasing my inner ramblings first thing in the morning allows me to approach my day with a sense of lightness.
What is your favourite mindfulness technique/exercise? Why?
My favorite technique is journaling, or writing. I journal, freestyle write and also blog. Though all are different, they all come from a very authentic place.
Writing heals the soul. It's my release mechanism to my head chatter. Acknowledging, accepting and processing this head chatter both releases those inner voices, but also allows my true self to surface. It cracks the exterior shell that I've held for so long.
Writing is such an amazing technique for healing and processing, which in turn allows me to become more mindful.
What advice would you have for someone who wants to create a regular mindfulness practice?
Mindfulness is a skill. Just like any other skill, it takes practice and hard work. There's a level of commitment and dedication involved to notice such change both internally and externally.
Commit to writing in a journal with no expectations. Don't worry about the length, don't worry about time, just focus on releasing your truth. Allow honesty to seep through.
Typically when I start a journal entry for the day, it takes me down many rabbit holes. All of that is necessary, all of that is taking me down these paths for a reason, to be released. But, when you're having trouble starting, answer these questions; What did I do today? What did I learn today? What did I enjoy today? How do I feel right now? What's one idea I had today? What are three things I am grateful for today?
These are great starting points that will get the ink flowing.
The key to mindfulness, is practice and consistency. It's exercising your mindfulness muscle so it's ready to be used in the wild.
Eric Ungs is the founder of the Unless You Care Project. Writing about a journey of intentional self growth, nudging you to let go; to give yourself permission to be vulnerable and honest with yourself so you can give your best self to others. Author of 10 Incredible Ways to Live a Fulfilling and Joyful Life. Get your free copy here.
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