Mindfulness, have you been hearing this term more lately? What does it mean to us and our lives?
Mindfulness can be defined as “the intentional, accepting and non-judgemental focus of one’s attention on the emotions, thoughts and sensations occurring in the present moment.”
Presence can be very elusive to us nowadays. Social media, phones, kids, work, spouses you name it all vie for our time and attention. With all these distractions how do we stay in the present? There’s no real trick to it other than practice and commitment.
Try this right now:
– Take stock of your surroundings, are you sitting/standing? How does the chair or the ground beneath your feet feel?
– Is there wind on your face? The Sun? How does your skin feel?
– Take a mental picture. Pick out 3-5 distinct details about the moment you are in RIGHT NOW. Commit to remembering those details within the context of that particular moment. CREATE A MEMORY.
I have done this, with varying degrees of success, throughout my life. The first time I consciously tried this practice I was waiting for an order of a slice of pepperoni pizza, at the Santa Anita Mall in Arcadia CA, the entrance doors to the mall were on my right, a watch store was behind me.
I was 16 at the time and working at a cards and gifts store called Bravo. What is so fascinating about this memory is that it has no other significance or importance to my life than the memory itself. In fact I had stood in that spot and ordered that exact same slice of pizza probably a hundred times over the years that I worked at Bravo (Pizza? I was 16 what do you expect?)
The takeaway is, of course we want to remember as many details of the significant occurrences in our lives. But don’t discount the small memories and times in your life. The small times are what make up the significant percentage of our lives.
– Be ALIVE in each moment
– Find the beauty in small quiet times
– Make memories
The clarity and focus it brings will astound you and help you reach goals that may seem unattainable at the time.
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