Here’s an easy way to bring more mindful moments into your life and model how to do so for others.
It’s a weird situation. When you start to watch your thoughts, frequently there is a voice that goes something like “dang it – there’s a thought!” or “What am I supposed to be doing”. Frequently this takes the form of self-criticism “I’m no good at this” or “I’m not doing it right”. When this happens and someone reports they have had this kind of experience, my response is “that’s fabulous! You already have enough mindfulness to see the kind of thoughts you’re having and report on them”. And it’s true. I say the same thing to people who start a class by saying “I’m not very mindful”. I’ll say “You may have more than realize! You have enough to know that you could benefit from it and are motivated enough to get to a class, so that’s saying a lot about not only your self-awareness, but you intend to do something to improve yourself”. This is often unexpected, and it’s fun for me to observe the different ways people respond to that. (An article for later – being mindful when someone says something nice to you).
Well done description. Mindfulness as a superpower. Makes the point that jogging used to be considered something unusual and that Mindfulness will be like that in years to come. He asserts that the path to mindfulness is through meditation. I would refine that. That is A path, but not THE path. There are lots of others.
So many ways. Look into a child’s eyes. See the magnificance of the sky, Notice the subtle play of light on the city at dawn or dusk, stare into the night sky for 5 minutes, look at the perfection of a flower, let a dog make you happy, feel the water on your skin when take a shower, the first gulp of water when your thirsty, notice when someone lights up talking about their passion. Find one today and linger there.
There is a simple and powerful practice to improve your communications and capacity to be mindful. It is, quite simply…