Did you enjoy my last post? Did it give you pause for even a moment? Or perhaps for even a little bit longer? I hope so…that was absolutely the desired effect.
Like I said…sometimes being bored, lazy, and unfocused is positive.
It’s where you are right now…and likely where you need to be. Go with it…don’t fight it! You are being in the moment. You are being mindful. You are being present with yourself, with others, and with the universe. That is great!!
So what does “being mindful” really mean?
I understand it to be about learning and practicing to be more present in the moment. Whatever you are doing…your complete focus is on that very thing, nothing and no one else. You are not reading a book and thinking about what you’re going to have for lunch, or picking up your dry-cleaning, or that you should call your sister. And you’re not talking on the phone with your friend and thinking about how many loads of laundry need to be done, what you need to buy at the grocery store, or what research you need to do for that presentation on Monday.
And for most of us…being mindful does not come naturally or easily. It is something that needs attention, work, and practice to hone…just as any worthy task or skill demands.
And the benefits of living a more mindful lifestyle are great!
Those who live in the moment tend to feel more relaxed and calm. They tend to be happier individuals with a great sense of appreciation of all that they have and all that is around them.
Being more present also allows for a stronger and (perhaps) deeper connection to our inner self…our inner voice. We are better able to tune into our own thoughts, feelings, and bodily sensations. And in doing so, we are better able to communicate these thoughts and feelings with ourselves and with others. In essence,we are really getting to know ourselves better as we learn to truly listen to our own wise inner voice.
Have you been mindful this summer…how so?
Have you found yourself distracted and were able to redirect your attention back to the task at hand…back to whatever it was that you were doing in that moment? Was it easy or a bit of a challenge? I would love to hear ALL about it…please share!!!
Joy & Love,
Goddess Mandy 🙂 XO