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5 Powerful Ways To Be Mindful of Your Thoughts

Discover my five powerful strategies on how to be mindful of your thoughts, each designed to help you better manage your mental space and achieve greater peace of mind.
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If there’s one thing you need to master and continue to master each day, it’s being mindful of your thoughts.  

Being mindful has been so powerful for me and has helped me in many unimaginable ways. I have overcome challenges that most will break under, and I’ve also grown as an individual and developed a greater level of self-awareness that I wouldn’t have had if I hadn’t been mindful.

Sadly, in today’s society, not many people are mindful of their thoughts. 

Our modern world is filled with distractions, from the endless scroll of social media to the constant ping of notifications. These external stimuli can easily cloud our thoughts, making it challenging to distinguish our own inner voice from the noise

In today’s blog post, I want to discuss ways that you can be mindful of your thoughts. These tips are not just theoretical concepts, but actionable steps that you can start implementing today. I’m confident that they will empower you as they have empowered me. 

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How to be mindful of your thoughts

1. Speak less and listen more

You probably grew up hearing the quote, ‘Speak less and listen more.’

Doing so is also necessary when trying to be mindful of your thoughts. 

Whenever you have a thought, try to avoid voicing it out or acting on it too soon. Instead, take a step back and ask yourself where the thought came from. 

Thoughts can come about in various ways. For example, you can listen to music that takes your thoughts into a memory of the past, or you could be watching a TV show and suddenly be reminded of an incident you experienced. 

It’s important to always recognize the source of your thoughts so that you can improve your attention to your soul.  

2. Take each thought captive

Now, this might sound a little confusing, but let me explain. When you take your thoughts captive, you’re basically choosing to analyze each thought before taking any action. 

For example, if you’re trying to lose weight and you suddenly get a thought to go out and order an unhealthy large bottle of Sprite with french fries and a burger, you can quickly tell that such a thought is not in line with your motivations to lose weight. 

In such situations, you must take those thoughts captive and force them to align with your weight loss goal. 

The more you practice taking your thoughts captive, the stronger your mind will be and the more resilient you will become.

3. Pay attention to your feelings.

Sometimes, it can be hard to filter or be attentive to your thoughts, especially when dealing with confusion. 

In such situations, I always recommend paying close attention to how the thought makes you feel. 

Are you suddenly depressed? Anxious? Happy? Uncomfortable? Regretful? Angry?

These cues help you better assess whether a thought is worth paying attention to or worth filtering out.

My rule? Filter out negative thoughts and press on into positive thoughts. 

writing thoughts down to be mindful

4. Recognize thought shifts and write them down

Identifying changes in your thought patterns can be challenging, particularly if you’re not actively monitoring your thoughts. To help you recognize these shifts, here’s an example.

Imagine you’re planning to clean your room this weekend. While you’re thinking about different ways to sweep and dust, your mind suddenly shifts to the idea of leaving your apartment to visit an old friend.

This sudden change in focus is what I call a “thought shift.” It’s important to be aware of these shifts when they occur. If the new thought feels negative, try to dismiss it and continue with your original plan. If it’s a positive shift, consider pursuing it further—write it down and explore where it might lead you.

Sometimes, thought shifts can be reminders or even alerts from our souls that we need to get something done or pay attention to something urgent. So I suggest you pay close attention.

practicing meditation to be mindful of your thoughts

5. Practice mindful meditation

Meditation has been a massive game-changer for me. And no, I’m not talking about yoga or all that spiritual woohoo stuff. 

I mean actual medical-based meditation, where you quiet your mind and be still.

I find this helps a lot, especially if you’re the type that suffers from intrusive thoughts that lead to stress. 

Don’t worry, meditation doesn’t have to be complicated. Simply find a quiet space, sit comfortably, close your eyes, and focus on one thing—your breath, an object, or even white noise. It’s about finding what works for you and allowing your mind to rest. 

Dismiss any new thought that may creep up, whether positive or negative, and remain focused. 

I usually focus on a black dot and keep my thoughts razor-focused on it.

Doing this helps me stay calm and present in the moment. It also helps my mind recognize thought shifts more easily. 

I highly recommend practicing mindful meditation if you struggle to quiet your mind and stay focused.

In summary, I hope these tips will help you become more mindful of your thoughts and take control of your mind.

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