We hear about mindfulness daily. We read about mindfulness daily. We talk with others about mindfulness daily. You can’t get through a day without someone telling you that mindfulness is the new answer to all things.
But, how often do we sincerely practice the art of mindfulness? When our day is nothing but stress between work, family or every day relationships; are we taking a moment to pause, breathe and reflect on that which is mindful? Or, are we just consumed with our stress, that nothing else can alleviate this state of mind for us?
It is not easy to be mindful, whether we already practice the act or are new to it. It is not easy to pause in a stressful situation and commit to a different path of emotions. It is not easy to breathe on most days when we are surrounded by the intensity of our world.
The truth is that there are countless ways that we can be mindful within a day. You don’t need to study under Thich Nhat Hanh to figure this out. You simply need to be open to trying something new and not going down your normal path that you have walked one time too many days.
What we don’t realize it that we fill our days with noise, food, activity, work and whatever is in front of us now, for fear of stopping. When we stop, we have no choice, but to be mindful. When we are mindful, often the things we have been avoiding come to the surface, while we are forced to face them.
Just for today, I challenge to you take a moment to risk being mindful. When you go for that snack during a stressful day; pause, breathe, reflect and move forward without that piece of food. When it is easier to turn on the radio in the car, rather than sit in the quiet; sit in the quiet and embrace that which comes to you. At the end of the day, when you just can’t seem to sit still, and a run is the only thing at your forefront; sit and be mindful.
I am not saying easy. I am saying it is possible, with practice. I am saying that if you give mindfulness a chance, you may just come out on the other side with a little more peace in your day. Mind. Body. Spirit. When you honor the presence, the presence becomes your honor.
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