Quote of the day

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Infuse your life with action. Don’t wait for it to happen. Make it happen. Make your own future. Make your own hope. Make your own love. And whatever your beliefs, honor your creator, not by passively waiting for grace to come down from upon high, but by doing what you can to make grace happen… yourself, right now, right down here on Earth.

-Bradley Whitford

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Mindfulness,  what is it?


I started looking into mindfulness and what its all about,  i’m going to put a few articles on here and give an interpretation of what I find.  Any comments as you know are welcome. 

At its essence, mindfulness is being in the moment. It’s really about being engaged with what we’re doing in each moment, rather than being in that distracted mode where we’re daydreaming about the past or the future, or caught up in reactivity. And if you think about it, there are probably moments throughout the day, actually, that you’re already mindful and present. If you think about your hobbies, things that you enjoy doing, there’s a pretty good chance that when you’re doing them, you’re engaged in the senses, fully immersed in that activity.


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And when you’re doing these things, you’re happy and relaxed, because of course, that’s why we set these things out to be our hobbies, because there’s something about being present and engaged that’s actually very enjoyable. It also increases our performance as we learn to really focus and be present, to listen more effectively, to study more effectively, work more effectively, which is of course why this is being used in health care generally, and more in education. And so mindfulness is an everyday experience of being engaged and present with whatever we’re doing from moment to moment. And of course, that’s relatively easy to experience when we’re doing things we enjoy.

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And the practise of mindfulness is very simply to intentionally engage with whatever we’re doing in the present moment, to notice when our mind invariably wanders off somewhere else, and then just to bring it back, and just to practise recognising that we wandered and coming back over and over and over again. And as we do that, we actually, of course, get better at recognising, faster at coming back. We start to rewire the brain. And it becomes a much easier thing to do throughout the day, whenever we need it. There are also a number of cognitive practises as well, such as acceptance, letting go, learning to focus on the present, these kinds of things.