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Mindfulness means to be completely in the present moment with our attention or awareness on only the task at hand.
Although it has a chill-out effect on people, mindfulness is a state alive with possibility. It bubbles with understanding, answers, foresight, and the essence of who we are.
In a state of mindfulness, we might experience humility or expansion. Even a sink full of grubby dishes can appear holy, if only for a moment.
Doing everyday activities with targeted attention, and finishing each task before starting the next, adds a new amplitude to daily experience. Simple activities become immensely gratifying. You move from one task to the next in an everyday dance of loading the dishwasher, resealing plastic bags, watering plants, and scooping kitty litter.
Being mindful, we slowly lose our taste for unnecessary drama and undisciplined emotions. To compensate for that loss, small pleasures become more substantial and life feels a bit lighter. We gain the advantage of a quiet mind that weighs its words before releasing them.
The mind shakes hands with the heart when the mind is still. Head and heart work together and what blossoms between them is Reason, a human quality that nurtures and respects all life. Compassion and intellect are a powerful team that favor energy, play, humor, tranquility, and well being. They champion strength, accept our faults, and help us correct our mistakes.
By engaging in mindfulness, we begin to comprehend who we are not. Like a thousand butterflies released to the wind we let go of cherished ideas. They have not disappeared but are no longer kept in captivity. A Chinese adage says, "If I keep a green bough in my heart, the singing bird will come."
Mindfulness softens what has become hard in us. We can see out of a child’s eyes but with a heart and mind not easily deceived. It positions us in neutrality, yet simultaneously is a state of readiness.
People have performed mindfulness for centuries to live peacefully with themselves and others. It thins the veil that many of us long to peek through.
“Mindfulness meditation doesn't change life. Life remains as fragile and unpredictable as ever. Meditation changes the heart's capacity to accept life as it is. It teaches the heart to be more accommodating, not by beating it into submission, but by making it clear that accommodation is a gratifying choice.” ~ Sylvia Boorstein
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