Mindfulness

To be mindful means to be conscious and aware.  It includes awareness of your own thought process.  Mindfulness is being attentive to what’s happening right here, right now.

Simply put, yet not so simply achieved.  Mindfulness feels like it is a natural part of being human.  However, many of us go through each day, moment after moment, with our minds in the past or in the future.   Isn’t that also being aware?

The difference is that we live our lives with our minds much more focused on the past or future than on the sights and sounds of here and now—the sensations and sentiments of the present moment.  We fretfully think about a co-worker’s comment earlier in the week instead of noticing the sweet taste and juicy texture of the sample strawberry in our mouth right here, right now at the farmers market.

We are worried about the rush hour traffic building and completely miss the sincere expression by the cashier to “Ma’am, your bag is unzipped, have a nice day.”  We are not even aware of the tension in our necks, or the taste of the whole bag of chips we just scarfed down.

As we rush around from one responsibility to the next our minds wandering to the past and to the future as a result we miss out on snippets or whole chunks of our life each day.

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And what is so wrong with that?  Especially if we are not that excited about how our life is now, while we are waiting for “someday, when XYZ happens” to actually happen! Life is happening right now, so take a deep breath, and take notice of what is going on in your head, in your heart, in your body and around you, right now.

Judgement, Acceptance, Gratitude and Growth

Some talk of mindfulness as “not judging”; I find that judgement is a useful tool and right next to it in my toolbox is a tool called acceptance.

I judge my action or thought in that moment as healthy or unhealthy, I accept it as it is.  If I deem it as “unhealthy” then I tell it where to go. It is this process that helps me face the tougher things in life head-on without letting them control me and take the here and now from me.

Likewise, if I deem something to be “healthy,” then I hold on to it and use it to help me grow.

Being mindful brings me to a place of gratitude.

It’s been my experience that allowing my mind to wander into past or future, I miss opportunities.  Opportunities to learn and grow or simply experience silly or serious pleasures in life.  When I’m mindful, I grow.  When I grow, I am grateful.

Being mindful provides me confidence in myself and others, along with clarity to navigate the tougher times in life.  It gives me the power to live vibrantly!

Sometimes what we search for is within us and it has been their all along, but we miss it when we forget to be mindful.

The only zen you feel on the mountaintop is the zen you bring with you. ~Persig

Look for a thread of MINDFULNESS inspiration throughout the Himawari Wellness blog and social media.

Better yet, look for it in your own mind today, here and now.