02 Oct MINDFULNESS
Alright Mindful Readers or Soon to Be Mindful Readers,
Mindfulness. You hear that term often. But what is it? It is being in the present moment. Conscious and awakened to the present. Not tossed like a ping pong ball reminiscing about the past or worrying about the future. It’s you showing up differently in the present moment. Free from the drama, the stories, and the illusions. The trap of our mind.
There are books written on mindfulness for peace, happiness, and transformation. A skeptic at first. I opened the door to a book, Mindfulness for Beginners: Reclaiming the Present Moment – and Your Life by Jon Kabat-Zinn. The more I welcomed quietness and stillness and got rid of busyness… the more I understood this lost art.
Wikipedia states, “Mindfulness is the intentional accepting and non-judgmental focus of one’s attention on the emotions, thoughts and sensations occurring in the present moment.”
Emotions. Oh, how they can get the best of us. Do we react or respond? Do we blame or take responsibility? Can we feel an emotion and not let that emotionally energy get trapped in our body? Witness it, feel it, and more importantly, let it go.
Some people dissociate from the bodies due to pain, trauma, even surgeries. But what is it like being in your body? Becoming aware to the sensations of your body.
What habitual thoughts play throughout the day? Most of them aren’t kind. If someone gives you positive criticism and negative criticism, what will you focus on? Most likely, the negative comment. I know that I did. Can we put an end to the insanity and struggle of life? Can we sail through life effortlessly, balanced, and whole? Not perfect, but perfect as it unfolds. Handling the bumps and bruises easier.
I had to do an inventory on what I was feeling, thinking, sensing. I had to gain some control and composure. By letting go. By embracing the present moment. By creating the life I wanted rather than a life by default. I wanted to show up differently in relationships and in life. Free. I just wanted to be damn free! It took the art of mindfulness to get me there. Will you consider it and give it a try? It won’t disappoint you. It will liberate you and set you free!