20 Character Traits You Can Improve With 100 Mindful Days
It's been proven that it takes 66 days to change your behavior pattern. Our 100 Mindful Days program challenges you to be mindful every day for 100 days. It takes time and dedication to make a change, but it is worth it! The focus of 100 Mindful Days is to inspire and encourage you to find moments of mindfulness in your everyday life on a daily basis. It's a powerful way to create harmony and balance in your life. Along the way, we encourage you to share your story and inspire others through your journey.
How can 100 Mindful Days benefit you? Our mindfulness program helps you improve various character traits. Each day is devoted to a specific characteristic of your personal life. To inspire you, here are 20 character traits you can expect to improve with our 100 Mindful Days program.
You are stronger than you think. Mindfulness is an incredible tool for gaining deep inner strength. A subtle transformation begins with observing anxious thoughts and gently letting go of attachment to tense statements. The heart swells. Compassion builds. Instead of overhauling the ego mind, a new willpower emerges—unaffected by the fleeting fads of marketing hype, crowds, cultures, and opinions. Instead, an unrelenting inner peace that transcends all understanding begins to develop. A compassionate strength comes with the ability to tame the wildest storms.
Find your balance, come to the center, and realize your truth. Balance is an even distribution that allows something to remain stable. This lightness occurs when all the elements are in harmony.
Finding the right balance for mindful living can be difficult. Sometimes, when you've found your sweet spot, a storm creates another imbalance. Homeostasis is finding delicious recipes and then adapting to new ingredients. Finding strength in knowing your truth and being open and flexible to the inevitable seasons of the year is the key to focus.
Patience is the way of nature. Impatience robs us of our joy, peace, and happiness. If we want what we want now, we cannot appreciate it in the same way that patience cultivates contentment. Patience inevitably develops when you develop the ability to be quiet, reflective, and listen.
The seeds of happiness come from curiosity. Happiness unites us. Mindfulness helps create a state of inner balance so that when external circumstances arise that threaten homeostasis, a safe and spacious space is cultivated for a person to grow with external changes. By doing so, happiness is more accessible as a state of being than a fleeting experience.
Relationships take time and energy and are often messy. They are reflections that require our attention. They are full of highs and lows. However, we cannot fully experience the delights of pleasure without experiencing the lows of pain. Life is full of emotional experiences: joy, suffering, happiness, sadness, anger, sadness, and peace. Our perceptions, thoughts, and beliefs feed our feelings. But mindfulness gives us choices, and we allow those choices to nourish us.
Grace is a state of kindness. Grace is the elegance or sophistication of movement. It's the smoothness of a light touch, the fluidity of a ballerina's arabesques, the lightness of a warm tea that soothes the stomach, and the gentle twirling of fingers in curls.
Are there any parts of your life that could be treated more gracefully? Close a door softly, pause longer in a statement, or start a conversation with more persuasive words. If your purpose is to find more harmony in your life, exploring grace can become an act of connection. Notice if your thoughts or emotions are jumping around. Are there sporadic methods of movement, or are they easy to sync? If they are tangential or choppy, imagine lubricant smoothing your consciousness. Such is the ease found in grace.
Clarity precedes success. It is the quality or state of being clear or transparent. Clarity is a feeling of gratitude to gain some form of understanding finally. It is the beauty and freedom found in seeing, being seen, and being understood. Sometimes clarity takes time. As the water changes due to environmental variables, so does our experience of clarity.
Compassion motivates people to do what they can to help others in their physical, mental, or emotional hurt or suffering. It is often thought of as emotional. However, based on conscious concepts such as fairness, justice, and interdependence, it can be seen as rational, understood more as a kind based on sound, critical judgment.
What is your passion? Is it easier to empathize with those who share your interests? Practice pausing on the things that build a fire in your heart. Make a connection that shows you care. Try to maintain eye contact for a little longer. A simple act of being is the greatest gift of compassion you can give.
Courage is grace under pressure. It takes courage to be seen. Mindfulness practice teaches us to be present and accept it without judgment. So, where does courage fit in? Mindfulness, acceptance, and non-judgment enable us to face the present moment bravely and move boldly into the next moment. Mindful courage can look like confidence. When you trust your inner self, you know that no matter what happens, you can find balance and happiness. When we dare to be who we are, we allow others to do the same. When we have the courage to love ourselves, it becomes easier to love others without expectations.
Wisdom is the quality of having knowledge, experience, and good judgment. It is pure awareness integrated with the discernment of truth and falsehood. The cornerstone of mindful wisdom is seeing the unknown. And accept not knowing. Mindfulness develops awareness. Pure awareness is wisdom. It is the key to our source of greatest freedom. The quest for pure consciousness is not just about feeling nirvana or bliss. It's about getting to the root of a problem and raising awareness of it to feed your entire system.
The more you grow, the less you know. When we start a mindfulness practice, we often look for something stable to anchor us, some certainty in an uncertain world. Ironically, through mindfulness, we learn that we are really "sure" that we don't know.
We believe that we start at the foot of the mountain and that the answer awaits us at the top, and when we look closely, the mountain is an illusion created by the wall of water. Water is actually a greater force engraved in stone that persists. As we go uphill, the water washes us and erodes our egos, one drop at a time. So, when your life is imperfect, and your ego is trying to figure it all out, remember the situation's impermanence and find the peace that can come when you're not swimming against the tide.
Forgiveness is the key to our freedom. Forgiveness may be one of the most important lessons we learn. We can hear all the proverbs when we're fighting for forgiveness, but sometimes we don't feel the truth in them. A state of unforgiveness blocks to love and keeps us from developing compassion for ourselves and others. If there are energy blocks in your life, consider if there is a need for healing and forgiveness.
When you are unwilling to forgive, or someone insists that you forgive, give yourself the space and tolerance to forgive from the heart—separate emotions from behaviors. Allow yourself to feel whatever emotions you need before you experience forgiveness, but remember that you don't have to act on them. When you are ready to forgive, let go of the past but make some demands and intentions for the future. Remember, you can view life's difficulties as blessings masquerading as life lessons. Learn the lessons and discover the gifts you deserve.
Simplify your life. Keep everything bright and go with the flow. Stress is often seen as a bad thing that should be avoided. Being under stress is a necessary experience to create change. A feeling of discomfort is a sign that something is changing, and you can decide how to deal with it. When stress arises, it can help us figure out what changes need to happen in our lives, both within ourselves and in our external circumstances.
Understanding is the first step to acceptance. Understanding is much deeper than knowledge. It means letting go of obsessive thoughts, honestly letting go of judgment, looking compassionately into the eyes of others, and finding connection in their perspective. Developing understanding is an ongoing process of understanding through the exploration of conscious extension. Understanding doesn't just mean agreeing. It is the ability to step back, observe and grasp various perspectives.
Acceptance is surrendering to what may not be what you want and allowing yourself to deviate from that desire without losing your peace of mind. Acceptance is a neutral allowing of "what is" and "what is not." It is an experience of accepting a situation rather than trying to change, manipulate or negotiate. When our minds are not dwelling on the past or projecting into the future, the present moment becomes more accessible. A gentle force of peace and quiet emerges when you stop battling existence. This creates a whole new experience of acceptance.
Prana is your life force. It is the cosmic energy behind everything we do. Generally speaking, most of us want to feel good and live meaningful lives. Anxiety, stress, and difficulty focusing and concentrating can interfere with our ability to connect meaningfully with our intentions or dreams. As the mind calms down, we can connect to deeper levels of awareness.
Judgment can be tricky. Many of us are constantly challenged by others to practice acceptance, forgiveness, and worthlessness. But what exactly does that mean? Should we cast aside our judgments and limitations and accept them blindly? Should we not express our views or opinions? Of course not. But what if we experience the inner freedom of unconditional acceptance? Our outside world may look different.
All you have is your discipline. One of the most significant rewards of mindfulness is the ability to step back and observe an experience rather than be in it. With practice, this ability can give you greater peace of mind no matter what is happening on the outside. Being in a supportive community can help you gain greater motivation and the disciplined willpower to stay on track through mindfulness practice. Often, the journey is simply into the discipline of observation, and in doing so, greater freedom can be found from the out-of-control mind of the ego.
What we resist persists. Resisting the moment can make you tense, stressed, angry, or stiff. We tend to fight or flee from bad situations. Rather than creating a wall for situations to bump into (often making painful direct contact), mindfulness practice allows us to be spacious and flexible, allowing problems to flow within our space but through us.
In mindfulness, solitude becomes a place of calm. A unique inner canvas for contemplation, reflection, or simply enjoying being with your energy. Only when we first connect with moments of solitude do we genuinely look outward for soul connection, love, and clarity.
It is healthy to leave your usual surroundings to be alone voluntarily. Life is full of engagement and excitement. Alone time allows a person to integrate experiences into meaningful information that can be accessed when needed. This is the necessary time to get to know you! So next time you're feeling restless, consider making space for some alone time. Here, wisdom is revealed, and the courage deep within is unlocked.
Mastery means being present from beginning to end. It is an advantage in skill or knowledge. Gaining mastery comes from focusing on the level of belief. It's a feeling inspired by the mastery of one's own creation. This preference-generated creation is shaped by experience and connected to a source beyond physical form. It goes beyond a place of comparison with yourself and others. Instead, it is an inner urge to grasp connections beyond knowledge and external descriptions. Passion is the driving force. Nourish the soul by participating in an endless quest for discovery.