Mindfulness

Smile

The wind blows on,
The stream flows on,
The earth spins on,
All without knowing.

Walk and know you’re walking,
Breathe and know you’re alive,
Don’t leave your heart behind,
As you dream with your mind.

Did you ever go round and round looking for your keys?

Yet, you are the one who put them somewhere. It wasn’t someone else..
Doing something and being aware that you are doing it do not always go together.
Did you ever hear the expression, “He doesn’t know what he is doing?”
Having tension in your body and knowing that you have tension do not always go together either.
If you were aware that you are tensing your muscles, it would be relatively easy to let go.

The wheel turns because the hamster keeps running.
Does the hamster know it?

Many of our illnesses are self-inflicted.
Stress is self-inflicted.
Anxiety is self-inflicted.
Do we know it?
Mindfulness is paying attention deliberately so we know what we are doing.

With mindfulness we know that we are thinking.
Thinking engages the whole body.
You cannot relax the body without relaxing the mind.
Mindfulness makes it possible to rest.

We tense up when we jump over a puddle.
Do we then relax completely?
Our day is like a country road with many puddles.
Tension accumulates, and we wear it, like we wear the clothes on our back.

It is the body that breathes.
When the mind is following the breath, the body and the mind are together—they are one.
When the mind daydreams, it separates from the body.

Impatience is a mind tat has become separated from its body.
The mind is already at the cash.
The body is still waiting in line.
The mind is already at work, at home, at your destination.
The body is stuck in traffic.
Separating the mind from the body creates suffering.

When you think without mindfulness, the brain is using you. When you are mindful, you are using the brain.

Without practice, we may have moments of mindfulness, but they are not enough to make a change.
Mindfulness training uses insight, concentration, and inspiration to go towards intentional living.
It uses traditional and contemporary methods to help create more beneficial habits.

The mind likes to think, and thoughts take us away from the moment. When you notice that happening, come back to your breath. Every time you notice it, just gently bring yourself back to the moment.

Thoughts can be like a bus. If we get on a bus, it takes us somewhere else. When you notice that you are on the bus, get off.

Thoughts can also be like a cat sitting on your lap and purring. We have pet thoughts. When you notice you are petting a thought, stop, let go, and come back to your breath.

In meditation, when we become aware that we have lost our concentration, we come back gently and without fussing. If that is happening to you, this does not mean that you are not doing it right. Quite the contrary.
You are not doing it right only if you are not aware of it when you start daydreaming, and keep going. Daydreaming is not meditation! But being aware of it, and coming back to your breath is.

Come back to your breath over and over again. With practice, you stay in the here and now longer, and on the “bus” shorter. Meditation becomes more agreeable and more peaceful.

Take a deep breath.
Smile.