Mindfulness has literally blown the west over and so many of us are starting to integrate it into our lives. I myself am one of those people. I trained in Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy 2 years ago and since have been trying to weave it into my being. It’s not that hard actually. I don’t understand when I hear people say it’s too time consuming or difficult. It is just a state of being. Anyway, on with the blog…
When I reflect back on when I started to reclaim parts of my life, I remember that I did it through immersing myself in an activity. It was actually drawing. I had never been an artistic sort, nor would I claim to be any kind of ‘artist’ now, but I certainly enjoyed that moment where i found myself lost in an activity. It was like nothing else existed, nothing else mattered. Just the state of being at one with the pencil, and the paper and my unbridled imagination. This was my first taste of mindfulness, yet at this point in my life I had never heard of such a thing.
I recalled learning about a theory called ‘flow’ coined by Hungarian Psychologist named Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi (I have no idea how to pronounce his name) when I was studying at University, but the concept of mindfulness was just alien to me. When I compare the two now, I see many similarities yet there is a distinct difference too. In a ‘flow state’ you lose all sense of time and become immersed in an activity. This can be both good and bad, because if you end up immersed in activities that are detrimental to your well-being – well it’s not going to do your anxiety nor health much good! But with mindfulness you are paying attention to the exact moment and experiencing it like it is the first time you have experienced it. Being at one with it. Experiencing the pencil. What does it feel like? Does it have a smell? Can you hear a sound as the pencil scores through the paper! It can be bliss when you immerse yourself in the oneness of being. Try it!
If any of you are new to mindfulness, then the book pictured is the one book I would recommend to get started. You can find it here.
Until next time 🙂
- “The best way to capture moments is to pay attention. This is how we cultivate mindfulness. Mindfulness means being awake. It means knowing what you are doing.” ~Jon Kabat-Zin
- “If you want to conquer the anxiety of life, live in the moment, live in the breath.” ~Amit Ray
- “Do every act of your life as though it were the last act of your life.” ~Marcus Aurelius
- “In this moment, there is plenty of time. In this moment, you are precisely as you should be. In this moment, there is infinite possibility.” ~Victoria Moran
- “Each morning we are born again. What we do today is what matters most.” ~Buddha
- “Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.” ~Dalai Lama
- “The most precious gift we can offer others is our presence. When mindfulness embraces those we love, they will bloom like flowers.” ~Thich Nhat Hanh
- “We have only now, only this single eternal moment opening and unfolding before us, day and night.” ~Jack Kornfield
- “By breaking down our sense of self-importance, all we lose is a parasite that has long infected our minds. What we gain in return is freedom, openness of mind, spontaneity, simplicity, altruism: all qualities inherent in happiness.” ~Matthieu Ricard
- “When you realize nothing is lacking, the whole world belongs to you.” ~Lao Tzu