Wednesday, April 1, 2020

TIME

The one element of a daily mindfulness practice that can be challenging to many is the commitment one must make to time. That's because mindfulness requires you to set aside some time, preferably a consistent time of day, although not necessarily. The commitment to set aside a time is part of what empowers you in the daily practice of mindfulness. When you establish the time you set aside for your daily mindfulness practice it prepares your mind and body to get quiet, calm and attentive. It is this deliberate state of being that engages elements of your daily mindfulness practice that help promote better balance in your everyday life.

Time.

Mindfulness as a daily practice is simple, requiring no extra equipment or expenditure of money to benefit your everyday life. However, it must be understood that mindfulness does require commitment of time to receive the best benefits of balance. Mindfulness is a time of quiet, calm and attention to breathing when you create better balance as you forward your path of progress and peace.


Tuesday, March 31, 2020

WATER

Lucid. Clear. Refreshing.

No matter what else we have in this world, we must have water.  Its fact. Water is life, life-sustaining and life-giving. Every living thing must have water, if only a bit.  And once you’ve watched a wonderful waves waterfall, paddled feet in a placid pond, or rowed a riveting river you’ll never forget the how, what, or why water is elementary to and for balance of life.  Mindfulness as a daily practice also offers an element of balance.

Mindfulness through daily practice engages your breath to help you create better balance in your life.  Maybe you’ve never paid attention or noticed that when you watch a waterfall, paddle in a pond and even row a river your breathing changes. However, to experience the element of balance mindfulness offers, you must practice intent and attention to breathing.  Attention to breathing is elementary to the daily practice in order to create better balance as you forward your path of progress and peace.  


Monday, March 30, 2020

FIRE

Fire Next Time.

It’s the name of a James Baldwin book. Or perhaps it is part of the title of said book. Either way it’s a phrase I’ve never forgotten. I can’t remember why I’ve kept it somewhere in my mind, except that it's meaningful in my deeper consciousness. Of course, I can look up the title and what reference(s) it might have in a larger or different context. However, I’m pretty certain it's a biblical reference. Moreover, I believe it’s a biblical reference to a cleansing, wiping (out), and starting over process. Nonetheless, the exact origin or contextual reference is not important here. What’s significant is that I’ve kept the phrase, quote, reference in my mind for many years and at times drawing on it as a focal point to cleanse my mind. Mindfulness too serves to cleanse, focus and center my thoughts. 

Mindfulness as fire not only serves to cleanse and clean my mind, ultimately the daily practice is a way to quiet my mind of any thoughts. Mindfulness begins with finding a place of quiet, whether that is a physical place or room you can go to becomes less necessary with committed daily practice. This is because there is not always the opportunity to take the body away to some place to be quiet. With daily commitment, mindfulness becomes a technique you can go into regardless of what’s going outside of yourself. Like fire, when practiced daily mindfulness will grow its power to wipe (out), cleanse and clean your thoughts. In this way mindfulness will level your thoughts and to help you create better balance as you forward a path of progress and peace.

James Baldwin

Sunday, March 29, 2020

SKY

There. Open. Wonderful.

It’s an amazing “thing” to put into words because sky is so wide and awesome. As well, whether rain or shine I think most of us have an understanding of the sky as an element of indivisible possibility. Poets, painters and even philosophers have tried to express this element with the palette, perspective and ponderings. Many have acknowledged the works of the magnificent painting by C├ęzanne and the ponderings of Thoreau on Walden Pond in such endeavors. Mindfulness with daily practice can also be an experience of magnificence and possibility.


Mindfulness as a experience of awesome can be created with attention to breathing as a daily practice. In the vast, quiet and calm of mindfulness there is, similar to the sky, an awesome sense of possibility. There, open, wonderful in the practice of mindfulness is the opportunity to create better balance as you forward a path of progress and peace.


Saturday, March 28, 2020

NATURAL

As impossible as it may seem, there is more and more popular debate about what can be considered “natural” on product labels. A glass of milk, cotton for clothing and even water have been pulled into the date. The context of this debate dominates such issues as how, where and what process a food or thing is “created” as to whether it can be defined “natural” or not. Although, I initially think of this debate about what is “natural” as occurring within the last 35 or 25 years, the reality is technology given access to information, news and knowledge to more people. With that said, I’m sure a search through history 500 or 100 years or more will provide related or similar examples of this debate. Still, on such a basic, fundamental, intuitive level, a debate about what is “natural” seems so unnatural. Thankfully, the very nature of mindfulness safeguards the practice from such debate.

Mindfulness is a daily practice of giving attention to the natural process of breathing. Through daily practice you learn to pay attention to your breathing, developing a focus that will help you create better balance in your life. By connecting your focus with the intuitive process of breathing you quiet your mind and create opportunity for better balance as you forward your path of progress and peace.

Friday, March 27, 2020

BEAUTY

“In the eyes of the Beholder…” is what comes to mind. 

As the old adage goes, what we see can bring us beauty, and yet it is how we see what we see that is the beauty. A mouth-full perhaps; in short it's my perspective on creating, embracing and defining beauty in our life. Sometimes what we see in the world of politics, relationships and unkindness can distort, block or even destroy what beauty there is to see. When this happens many experience frustration, anger, sadness, depression, submission, dis-ease and ultimately imbalance. Mindfulness is a way to create better balance, learn how to see things differently and experience beauty as you engage the daily breathing practice.

Mindfulness is the ongoing practice of “watching” the way we breathe. In giving attention to our daily breath, we focus and become adept at how we look at, see and ultimately experience our everyday life. In doing so, we embrace deeper responsibility for how we look at things which improve our ability to see beauty and create better balance. Mindfulness as a daily practice is an opportunity to see how you can create better balance and experience more beauty as you forward a path to progress and peace.






Thursday, March 26, 2020

EYES

They say the eyes are the souls to the heart.And without diving too much into poetic license, I would say this appropriate insight. Hence, the reasons our eyes may often feel tired and irritated. The eyes look everywhere and sometimes behold things we don't want to see. It's a lot of work for your eyes. It’s becoming even more work for your eyes as the buildings get bigger and towers of plastic trash get taller, making the land we need smaller. Given the overwhelming work our eyes do for us, it only makes sense we need to give care to our eyes. Mindfulness as a practice is daily care for eyes and the entire self.

Mindfulness traditionally begins with a request to close the eyes, thereby allowing the eyes a break from all “the stuff” that can crowd the ability to be quiet. By closing your eyes, you instruct your mind it is time to allow your eyes a rest. Once the message the mind receives this message, the body becomes willing to get quiet, to be still and calm. These are key and simple steps establish a daily mindfulness practice which helps you create better balance in your everyday life as you forward the path of progress and peace.