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Wednesday
Mar012017

Introducing Useful Way to Embrace a Mindful Next Step

Our lives are full. We are human beings busy doing. There’s nothing wrong with doing. After all, there are always things that are next on our to-do list. There are always those next goals that we want to accomplish, places we need to get to, or people we want to connect with. However, sometimes we can get so caught up in the doing, that we don’t take time for just being.

Embracing the gift that awareness of the moment can bring is so valuable. It can give you that much needed pause between activities. It can give your mind a break from the barrage of thoughts and distractions. Awareness can connect you to and help you appreciate the present moment. Mindful living can be done anywhere at anytime. All that’s needed is your willingness to be aware of and embrace your present experience.

To further expand on how it's possible to introduce mindfulness as your next step, I’ll share a recent moment that I wrote about in my personal journal . . .

 

I have so missed the sun. I am here now sitting, basking in the warmth of the sun. On this unusually warm, winter day, I find myself seated by a window of a café as the sun streams in. It warms my left arm, face and body in the most joyful, enveloping way. The surrounding furniture is bathed in the strong light and shadows cast by the sun. Calm, peaceful, and grateful feelings within accompany this unexpected, seasonal gift.

Sipping my cool iced tea, I notice the contrast of the chilled liquid entering my mouth and throat as the sun warms my outer being.

There’s more to do today. Yet, I am feeling so content just sitting and being with this moment.


How does mindfulness show up for you? I’d love to hear your thoughts. Come join the conversation!

 

 

 

 

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Nature ushers mindfulness in as it overwhelms the senses - I love it! I also find it helpful to breathe both slowly and deeply. Turning off distractions, such as the tv, radio and phone are another way to be more mindful. The pressure to productively use every minute can distract me, so every now and then, I give myself 5 minutes to accomplish nothing!

March 1, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterSeana Turner

@Seana- What a beautiful phrase..."Nature ushers mindfulness in as it overwhelms the senses." And I love what you said too about giving yourself a 5-minute break to "accomplish nothing." That white space is so important.

March 1, 2017 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

I love the first warm sunny days of spring. These sunny rays, the first chirping birds of spring, and the earlier sunrise all remind me to be in the moment. It's wonderful to know that we can be in the moment and be grateful.

March 3, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterEllen Delap

@Ellen- They are THE BEST! Nothing quite like early spring days. We're not quite there yet, as temps here in the northeast have dropped down low once again, but I can see all the signs that spring is indeed around the bend. I'm noticing in your comment your deep gratitude for being in the moment, appreciation of the changing seasons, and more light. Lovely!

March 3, 2017 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

I love my work, but sometimes I'm so overwhelmed by all I have to do that I forget to just enjoy it. That's one of the things I'm working on this year. :)

March 6, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterJanet Barclay

@Janet- So very wise. You are so good at what you do. And I can only imagine that by the nature of what it is you DO, that it can get overwhelming at times.....deadlines, expectations, all kinds of things. I'm happy for you that you're on a journey this year to focus on how much you love the work you do....while you're doing it.

March 6, 2017 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

I found mindfulness by stepping away from social media this weekend and letting myself just decompress from a busy week. I needed some down time for my introverted self to re charge.I am missing the sun right now and just the lines about sitting in the sun, made me feel lighter.

March 6, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterJill Robson

@Jill- It's so important to find the ways that you need to "decompress." Stepping away from our digital devices and social media is key. I totally get what you mean about "missing the sun." Every time there's a sunny day (even if the temps are still cold,) I am thrilled. Like you, it makes me feel "lighter" and also happier. I'll send some sun your way!

March 6, 2017 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

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