Mindful or Mind Full

I do a verbal exercise many mornings, thinking of one solitary word, attempting to better understand its meaning. I was recently considering the word mindful, I immediately wondered what it is full of. I reflected on how we sustain our bodies and minds; that food is how we nourish our bodies, but we also take in mindful nourishment through our eyes, ears, and nose. What we watch, what we listen to, the smells of the things that surround us fill our minds as well.

When something is full, it either stops taking in more, or it begins to spill out. If what is spilling out through your voice is cynical or troubled, consider how you are feeding it. Sometimes, like with food, we need to make decisions on what we consume. The donut, cookie, or candy consumed may taste good at the time, but it is not nourishing you. It is providing a hollow fullness. The same can be true of the mind. Taking in negative views either in real life or through social media creates a mind full of negative perceptions. Sometimes it is hard to turn away. We feel we might miss something, need to know, or feel satisfied now, only to feel mentally empty later.

To achieve a healthy mind full of positivity, you must be aware of what is around you and spilling out.

Like things will attract like things. If you want a positive life, you need to surround yourself with positive people. They will teach you how to resist those things that might feel good now but have the foresight to know emptiness will follow.

Raissa Urdiales
Raissa Urdiales
Raissa lived most of her life along the shores of Lake Michigan in Wisconsin. She currently lives in the quiet city of Tega Cay, South Carolina, just across the border from the very active art community of Charlotte, North Carolina. Raissa has not always considered herself as an artist. She spent a great portion of her adult life staring into computer screens and managing computer system implementations and upgrades in the traditional corporate setting. It was through a chance paint night that she discovered her passion for painting. On her 51st birthday, she treated herself to some acrylic paints and brushes and has not stopped painting since. She balances her passion for creating with her day job as a systems analyst. In the wee hours of the morning, you will find her painting before she immerses herself in the technology that is consuming the world today. Although Raissa does not have formal training in the arts she is very conscious of the benefits it has on the human psyche. She holds a Bachelor's of Science majoring in Psychology where she focused her studies on Organizational Psychology. Through her corporate career, she has learned how to strike a balance between that which provides monetary reward and that which fulfills us as humans. For her, this balance is obtained through painting, writing, and exercise. She is currently a member of the Guild of Charlotte Artists where she exhibits select pieces during the quarterly art shows in and around the Charlotte Metropolitan Area. She has also submitted and is featured regularly in the Light Space & Time online gallery. When she is not painting or working with computer systems, she is writing. She currently has a column with BIZCATALYST 360° named “Artful Being” where she writes on topics both in and out of her corporate life to help others gain balance on what it is to be human.