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February 11, 2023

Do you ever feel swamped by the barrage of thoughts in your head, struggling to find peace and serenity in the midst of life's challenges? Mindful thinking is the key to unlocking a more fulfilling life.

Mindful thinking is a practice that involves bringing your complete attention to the present moment without judgment. It's about observing your thoughts, emotions, and physical sensations with openness and curiosity, leading to reduced stress, increased happiness, and improved relationships.

This article delves into the world of mindful thinking, exploring what it is, why it's important, and how to practice it in your daily life.

What is Mindful Thinking?

Mindful thinking is a state of mind where you're fully present and aware of your surroundings and thoughts without being overwhelmed by them. It's about observing your thoughts, feelings, and sensations without judgment and separating yourself from them to gain a fresh perspective.

Believe In Yourself

Carly woke up feeling anxious and stressed about the day ahead. As she got dressed for work, she couldn't help but feel self-conscious about her body weight. She picked out her outfit carefully, trying to hide her perceived flaws. As she walked to work, she couldn't help but notice other people's bodies and compare them to her own. She felt like she didn't belong and that everyone was judging her.

Once she arrived at work, Carly found it hard to focus on her tasks. She constantly worried about how others perceived her and whether they were judging her. She avoided social interactions and found it difficult to communicate with her colleagues. Her negative thoughts about herself were holding her back from pursuing her career goals and job promotions.

However, once Carly discovered affirmations and started practicing mindful thinking, she began to transform her mindset.

Why is Mindful Thinking Significant?

The benefits of mindful thinking are numerous, both for your mental and physical well-being.

Here are the key benefits:

  1. Reduces Stress and Anxiety: By focusing on the present moment, you can minimize the impact of stress and anxiety in your life by not thinking way to far out in the future, or ruminating over past events.
  2. Increases Happiness: Mindful thinking allows you to appreciate the beauty and joy in your life, leading to greater happiness and fulfillment.
  3. Improves Relationships: By being present and aware in your interactions with others, you can build stronger and more meaningful relationships.
  4. Enhances Focus and Productivity: By reducing distractions and focusing on the task at hand, you can increase productivity and get more done in less time.
  5. Boosts Self-Awareness: Mindful thinking helps you understand yourself, your thoughts, and motivations, allowing you to make positive changes in your life.

How to Incorporate Mindful Thinking into Your Daily Life

Practicing mindful thinking is accessible to everyone, regardless of location or activity. It can be done within a few minutes to a longer length of time. Here are a few examples of techniques you can perform.

Meditation with Mindful Thinking

  1. Set aside time for mindfulness each day. This means set aside time to actively practice being present in the moment.
  2. Start with just a few minutes and gradually increase as you become more comfortable with this concept.
  3. Begin to focus on your breath.
  4. Take slow, deep breaths and concentrate on the sensation of air moving in and out of your body. Notice how your belly pushes out on your inhale and your chest falls as your belly deflates like a balloon on the exhale.
  5. Close your eyes, have your spine straight with slight chin lock and add a light squeeze to your sex organs pushing them upwards.
  6. Let energy flow up and down your spine as you focus on your breath.
  7. Observe any thoughts that arise while breathing. Invite them in without judgment.
  8. Just let thoughts pass by.
  9. If it is hard to allow these thoughts to pass by, imagine each one as a cloud. Without changing your breath, exhale each cloud out of your mind through your nose until you have a blank slate, or that clear by sky within your mind.
  10. Feel gratitude for each breathe, smiling a little knowing you are practicing mindful thinking and just being an observer of your thoughts rather than a judge.
  11. Journal about your experience.

Mindful Thoughts with Affirmations

  1. Think of a category you wish to work on your life that you are struggling with. This could be, self confidence, body image, relationships, value of self worth, ruminating thoughts, self sabotage, anger, depression - They sky is the limit. Get real with yourself and really reflect on what you are going through right now.
  2. After determining the area in life that you need assistant with, grab note cards, tape and colored pens or markers.
  3. Start by googling your theme or finding an app that can generate affirmations for the theme you are struggling with. For example, if you choose self confidence, you can search up, "affirmations for self confidence". 
  4. As you find affirmations, and read them, begin to say them out loud to see if they resonate. For example, a self confidence affirmation is " I love love and love loves me" or " I am confident and value my self worth" or "I am worth my weight in gold".
  5. As you say the affirmations out loud be mindful noticing the way they sound, make your feel, and the way they flow out of your mouth. If it does not flow, but like the idea of the affirmations, simply change up the verbs or adjectives to make them fit.
  6. Once you find an affirmation that resonates with you begin to write it on the note card. You can choose whether you want to write your affirmation as big as the note card with only one affirmation on the card, or having a few on the note card.
  7. Repeat steps 4-5 as many times finding the right affirmations for your success on mindful thinking.
  8. Once you have all your affirmations written on your note cards, take your tape and head to your bathroom, or personal mirror and take them to your mirror.
  9. State all the affirmations to yourself while looking and gazing at yourself in the mirror. 
  10. State each individual affirmation to yourself until you really feel it. Notice this step can take time for your to feel that statement internally so work your way up keeping in mind that 1% effort each day goes along way.
  11. Make it your goal to state these affirmations to yourself every day when you wake up in the mirror, reading them while you brush your teeth, and stating at least one while your shower, and then repeating all of them when you end your day. Anytime you go into that place where the affirmations are, make a point to notice the affirmations and state them. 
  12. Repeat step 11 for 30 days.
  13. Document your experience and mind shifts.

The Power of Mindful Thinking

Carly realized that her negative self-talk was holding her back and started to focus on positive affirmations. She began to repeat phrases like "I am worthy and capable" and "I am beautiful just the way I am." 

Stating these affirmations while in the bathroom mirror is where real growth for change happened. 

As she continued to practice mindful thinking, Carly began to feel more confident in herself. She realized that if she could not love herself, then who would be able to offer love to her with her actually feeling the power and truth behind what love feels like.

Carly started to embrace her body and focus on her strengths instead of her perceived flaws. Her newfound confidence helped her to communicate more effectively with her colleagues and pursue her career goals with determination. She eventually got the job promotion she wanted because of her growth in mindful thinking.


Is mindful thinking the same as meditation?

While mindful thinking is a form of meditation, it's not the same. Meditation is a more formal practice, while mindful thinking can be integrated into your daily life in a more informal way.

Can anyone practice mindful thinking?

Yes, anyone can practice mindful thinking, regardless of background or beliefs.

How long does it take to see the benefits of mindful thinking?

The benefits of mindful thinking vary from person to person, but many report feeling calmer and more centered after just a few minutes of practice. Regular practice is essential to fully reap the benefits of mindful thinking.

Do I need a quiet, serene environment to practice mindful thinking?

No, you can practice mindful thinking anywhere, at any time. In fact, practicing mindfulness in a noisy or busy environment can be a good way to build your focus and concentration skills.

How often should I practice mindful thinking with affirmations? 

It is encourage to practice daily for affirmations. The key is to make sure you can remember the words and place them in places you look. Sometimes, leaving them on your door so every time you leave the house will force you to say affirmations if you are working on a mental mindset for strength and confidence. 


Mindful thinking is a powerful tool that can help you unlock a more fulfilling life. By being fully present in the moment, observing your thoughts, and feeling without judgment, you can reduce stress, increase happiness, and improve your relationships. Whether you're a beginner or an experienced practitioner, there's no better time to start your mindfulness journey than now. With regular practice, anyone can learn to incorporate mindful thinking into their daily routine and experience the benefits for themselves. So why not give it a try today and start living a more mindful life.

About the author 

Kylie Green

Blogger for Mindfulrevelations
Kylie Green was born and raised just outside New York City. Kylie values being present and at the moment because life is short. If she isn’t spending time with her friends and family, you can almost always find her meditating outside in nature. Mindfulrevelations is her passion project and wishes to fulfill her dream of building a spiritually-driven community.

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