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Why Practicing Sophrosyne Can Improve Your Mental Health

Every morning before I work out, I pray and meditate. Last week, I listened to a meditation video about Sophrosyne. Sophrosyne comes from Latin. term sōphrosynē which roughly translates as "moderation" or "self-restraint." This meditation focused on the idea that in order to lead a healthy and well-balanced life, we must learn to regulate our thoughts and emotions. It taught me the importance of being mindful of my thoughts and actions.

It's like learning to swim; you have to learn to control your movements in order to stay afloat. With time and practice, you develop the ability to regulate your thoughts and actions, allowing you to lead a more balanced life.

A man using the budda singing bowl
Budda singing bowl

When you are able to regulate your thoughts and actions, you also have a greater ability to focus and stay in the present, which can lead to improved mental clarity and focus. This can help you make better decisions and be more successful in your endeavors.

For instance, if you practice mindfulness meditation, you can become more aware of the thoughts and feelings that are coming to mind, and you can choose to let them go or focus on the task at hand.

This can help you to become more present and focused on the task at hand, and it can help you to make better decisions and be less reactive to situations. Additionally, mindfulness meditation can help to reduce stress and anxiety.

According to Amit Ray, a famous Indian author and meditation teacher, “Mindfulness removes the emotional fogs of negative thoughts with the light of awareness.”

In this way, mindfulness can help to increase mental clarity and focus. What are you doing to improve your mindfulness?


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