Last week we learned about Maintaining a Mindful Outer Landscape through our Physical Environment. This week we’re going to learn about how to Maintain a Mindful Outer Landscape through our Emotional Environment.
So what is an Emotional Environment anyhow? An Emotional Environment has to do with how you feel in the place that you’re in. We learned about our Physical Environment first, because that helps us set up our Emotional Environment too! But it isn’t just the physical things around us that affect our Emotional Environment, it’s the people and sounds too!
Close your eyes for a moment here and think about the people you’re around most of the time. Maybe they are friends or family. Think about how you usually feel around these people. Maybe also notice why you feel that way. If you feel happy, maybe it’s because you know you’re loved or cared for. If you feel sad, maybe you don’t feel like you’re getting very much attention directed your way. Just notice this, without judging any of it!
Gently blink your eyes open and reflect on what you just pictured. Our goal is to Maintain our Mindful Outer Landscape through our Emotional Environment. If our Emotional Environment doesn’t feel very good, what can we do to help if feel better?
Here are some tools we’ve learned in the past through our Mindfulness practices:
- Mindful Communication Series:
- Mindful Listening
- Mindful Words
- Mindful Body Language
- The Mindful Body Series:
- Mindful Eating Habits
- Mindful Movement Habits
- Mindful Rest Habits
The main idea is that what you take in affects what you put out. So we want to make sure our Mindful Inner and Outer Landscapes are doing the best they can so that we can help others have Mindful Inner and Outer Landscapes too. What you take in includes conversations with other people, music, TV, food, everything! You don’t have to worry too much about this all at once, just notice what your choices look like now and see if you can take some small steps, one at a time, to make your Outer Landscape a little more Mindful.