Many of us are plagued by a common condition: we rarely appreciate who we are and what we have. And so begins our endless pursuit of you-fill-in-the-blank, fueled by a nagging voice incessantly whining that we are not enough. Sound familiar? You're not alone, since humans have had this struggle for millennia.
Many people affirm that daily mindful practices make a big difference in their lives: they feel less anxious, develop a growing sense of safety and security, and gain deeper personal insight from living more mindfully. Here's one you can start today.
What might the woman in the cartoon be missing from life? She may be like a lot us - easily dismissing small moments that we take for granted.
While we may rock at personal hygiene and wardrobe attire, schedule manicures, pedicures, and a day at the spa, a quick observation suggests that many of us lack a daily awareness of where we are physically, emotionally, and mentally. If true, we ignore an important part of self-care.
What happens when you make a mistake? We've all experienced oops moments with varying degrees of severity: speeding tickets, burned toast, a missed bill payment, a forgotten birthday or school assignment. What do you notice when you make a mistake? Maybe your heart sinks and your gut churns. Perhaps your mind is flooded with unpleasant reminders of your error. Too often mistakes can direct our focus to a narrow realm of negative possibilities.
What happens when you look in a mirror? Is the voice of a critic immediately unleashed in your mind? Do you focus on a zit or a wrinkle and ignore the sparkle of your eyes or the beauty of your smile? Too often mirrors automatically subject some of us to judgement. Like the apple in the [...]
Remember when we had to adjust the rabbit ears on a TV in order to get a clear picture and undistorted sound? Mindfulness is basically about eliminating distractions so we can tune in to awareness of the present moment. Today, dear readers, we focus on tuning in to the body. Many of us move through our [...]
We usually cheer at scenes in movies when someone yells, “Abandon Ship!” and crew and passengers safely jump to lifeboats in order to escape a sinking ship. Understandably, we are shocked and disturbed when someone abandons an adequately safe and secure seaworthy vessel facing no peril. Sadly, some of us were conditioned to abandon ourselves when [...]
In A Walk to Remember, Landon shows Jamie a painless way to be in two places at once. In reality, many of us experience this dynamic without straddling a state line: our minds draw us away from the present moment. Maybe it's not so stressful when we daydream while driving, but it could be dangerous. And [...]