First we saw a rise in society’s belief in physical fitness and we are now seeing a rise in the attention paid to our emotional and spiritual wellbeing. Just as you began to see variation in attendees of exercise classes and gyms, now you see a complete mixed bag of people who attend yoga and meditation classes. Even science is standing behind the benefits of mindfulness and meditation. Just as people are encouraged to exercise, the trend is moving also toward people incorporating mindfulness and meditation practice into their daily life for the benefit of their overall wellbeing. You can spend hours, days, and years exercising to attain the body you want, but in 30 minutes of meditation you can be leaps and bounds closer to a calm, peaceful mind.
We live in an age of RIGHT NOW and sometimes change takes time, so I’m not surprised to hear frustration from people wanting to see changes from their effort right away. But, like a beautiful garden, these things take time. Plant the seeds, nurture them and be patient for what is to come, it will be worth it. Consider being open to what is available and abundant around you instead of fighting against your circumstance and constantly looking for what you WANT. Many of us already have what we need, but we have to learn to need it. Feel gratitude for what you have, the lessons you’ve learned and for what is to come that is still unknown. The power to manifest the things that you desire is true. It all begins with exercising your ability to calm your mind and listen to your truth.
One way to begin your path to emotional and spiritual wellbeing is to start practicing mindfulness. The goal of being mindful is to be present without judgement.
Challenge: Pick an activity that you do regularly and make a commitment to perform it mindfully. That means make an intention to be present in the activity and only focus on the actual act of performing that task. If thoughts begin coming in, gently acknowledge them and then swiftly escort them out. Some possible activities are showering, doing the dishes, taking a walk, riding a horse, driving a well traveled route, putting on your makeup, shaving. Breathe, connect with the present moment and keep that moment real and free of external static. This can be considered a first step toward a meditation practice. Meditation would be doing this same mindful act without the activity. So, begin with practicing mindfulness during an activity and move forward from there.
“Mindfulness is like that—it is the miracle which can call back in a flash our dispersed mind and restore it to wholeness so that we can live each minute of life.” ― Thích Nhất Hạnh
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