“Mindfulness is the gateway into the full dimensionality of being human. Who among us tells ourselves ” I️ don’t have any time.” When all we have got is time? All we have is this moment. So, we might as well make the most of it while we are alive, because sooner or later we are going to be dead. So, the perfect moment is this one.” – Jon Kabat-Zinn
en thinking a lot about mindfulness lately. Having three kids four and under, no family close by, plus being enrolled in school, with a husband who travels most of the time for work and who has just started his EMBA, has and is quite the challenge. Surprise surprise, I had a small mental/emotional breakdown recently that caused me to slow down from the pace I was running. The thought occurred to me that I really should listen to my body, and my soul, and then write down what conclusions I drew from my reflection. And, so, this is what I have pondered upon and deemed useful:
1. "The movement toward wholeness is when the way of our being matches the worth of our being." Wow, that's deep. And so accurate, right? I think I heard this on Oprah's Super Soul Sunday. I love that word 'being', because it includes both our physical and spiritual entities. We must live true to the divine within us. Take care of our bodies and souls, intentionally, tenderly, and intelligently.
2. We should quit book ending our days with negativity and scarcity. Scarcity induces subliminal stress, which turns on the flight or fight mentality in our brains, and increases adrenaline in our bloodstream. I realized that the first thought I had in the mornings was usually "ugh, I haven't had enough sleep." And then the corresponding thought that would go through my brain as I got into bed at night, was almost always "I haven't gotten enough done." Throughout the day, add in all the "I'm not parenting patiently enough/I'm not skinny enough/I'm not smart enough…" rubbish that I was allowing myself to believe, and yeah, no wonder I went a bit nuts. Mindset is crucial to how healthy you are as being.
3. Ensuring we pray heartfelt prayers to the Father, in the name of the Son, by the power of the Holy Spirit. If you know me, you know I'm a Christian. I have always found great solace and strength in prayer, ever since I was small. However, I realized that I had become so busy that my prayers were mostly half hearted, and memorized. Often pleas for blessings, with no intention of offering anything in return. No wonder I felt so isolated. I unintentionally had cut myself off from my God, by not bothering to put effort into my communication with Him. If you are religious or spiritually minded in anyway, you will understand when I say that my state of being has much improved since I have been more intent and sincere with my prayers.
4. Sing and dance more- and listen to uplifting music. I've realized that I need more than just the normal radio most days. Lately I need truly uplifting music to build up and soothe my soul. Speaking of uplifting music, here is my husband singing O Holy Night in our city’s performing arts theatre last week. I just love him. You will too I’m sure! https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=OOZgFvJLCBc < img src=”https://itsbettertolookup.files.wordpress.com/2017/12/img_4404-1.jpg” height=”2178″ class=”wp-image-2913″ width=”2906″><<
e's my two cents for the day. And Merry Christmas!