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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.   “In one drop of water

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.   “In one drop

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 find

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

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 Cézanne 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. Excuse me while I kiss the sky.  Jimi Hendrix

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 Cézanne 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. Excuse me while I kiss the sky.  Jimi Hendrix

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

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 pr

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 se

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 abil

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 an

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

REST

Perhaps you think I as I once did imagine “rest” as the primary function of a daily mindfulness practice. Thoughts of yoga, yogi and sitting crossed legs somewhere amongst a lily pad might come to mind. It’s a farcical picturesque view of mindfulness, and not altogether incorrect as these can be elements of mindfulness. Likewise, as I’ve come to understand in my own practice, standing on the crowded 8:38 am train crowded with people can also be a circumstance for mindfulness practice. Moreover, I’ve also come to understand that the “rest” associated with mindfulness is not the rest of sleep or even daydreaming. Mindfulness as a daily practice is an opportunity to rest your mind and release it from all that keeps you from creating balance in your everyday life. Unlike the rest of sleep, when you surrender inactivity, mindfulness is proactive attention to your breathing. Granted the posture is to have little or no motion, to be still and be quiet, and yet you are active in your attention

REST

Perhaps you think I as I once did imagine “rest” as the primary function of a daily mindfulness practice. Thoughts of yoga, yogi and sitting crossed legs somewhere amongst a lily pad might come to mind. It’s a farcical picturesque view of mindfulness, and not altogether incorrect as these can be elements of mindfulness. Likewise, as I’ve come to understand in my own practice, standing on the crowded 8:38 am train crowded with people can also be a circumstance for mindfulness practice. Moreover, I’ve also come to understand that the “rest” associated with mindfulness is not the rest of sleep or even daydreaming. Mindfulness as a daily practice is an opportunity to rest your mind and release it from all that keeps you from creating balance in your everyday life. Unlike the rest of sleep, when you surrender inactivity, mindfulness is proactive attention to your breathing. Granted the posture is to have little or no motion, to be still and be quiet, and yet you are active in your atten

CAUSE

...and effect. The two ideas go together like bread and butter, grass and green, hot and cold. Although I’m not sure that’s what I was thinking when the word flashed across my mind. In fact, I’m sure I wasn’t thinking about concepts, words or things we so often pair or connect automatically with little or no thought. Specifically, I was pondering how to explain the “why” or more pointedly, what would “be the cause” reason for a person to establish a daily practice mindfulness? Hmmm…given due consideration the “cause and effect” connection is well-founded. Mindfulness is most helpful as a daily practice because that is how you create form, routine, or the solid ritual that will make it easier and quicker to access its benefits. The primary benefit being the ability to create better balance in your everyday life. By paying attention to breath, you cause mind, body and spirit to get quiet, be still and calm. This is the “cause and effect” connection of mindfulness which helps release, rel

EXPERIENCE

Do you have experience caring for a pet? How was your “first-day-of-school” experience? What is your experience of joy? There are several perspectives on how you take part in “experience” which may be a result of something you do, what happens to you or how it feels when it happens for you. Every so often I think back on my experience with places, people and things I’ve done and wonder: What, How, When? Questions based on the realization that although I was there for the experience, my actual experience is not memorable because I was not present. For this, and other benefits mindfulness is a rewarding daily practice that helps experience life in the now. Mindfulness as a daily practice helps establish better balance in everyday life by guiding attention to our breathing.  Literally each breath you take is here, now and present and therefore you are able to be still, get quiet and be in better balance. With balance comes focus and with focus you are better able to pay attention to your

FRAIL

I love words.  I love all the ideas, philosophy, meaning, psychology, discussions and creations that come about because of words. Perhaps the realization of how much I enjoy words was the first hint I would call myself a Writer (a noteworthy muse). Likewise, I love how clever writers use words to create meaning. As well I love how dynamic writers use words to create definitions. Basically, when all is said and done, I love both the creative power and mystical musing of words. This morning when musing about the word “frail” associations like soft, easy, gentle and compassionate came to mind. (Interestingly, it was only later the concept of “weak” was considered although "weak" would probably have been the first association for many people). Moreover, neither of these associations seem closely related to mindfulness. However, that’s magic, mystic and for some the muse of words, to make connections anyway. Mindfulness and a connection to the word “frail” most likely comes by way

FRAIL

I love words.  I love all the ideas, philosophy, meaning, psychology, discussions and creations that come about because of words. Perhaps the realization of how much I enjoy words was the first hint I would call myself a Writer (a noteworthy muse). Likewise, I love how clever writers use words to create meaning. As well I love how dynamic writers use words to create definitions. Basically, when all is said and done, I love both the creative power and mystical musing of words. This morning when musing about the word “frail” associations like soft, easy, gentle and compassionate came to mind. (Interestingly, it was only later the concept of “weak” was considered although "weak" would probably have been the first association for many people). Moreover, neither of these associations seem closely related to mindfulness. However, that’s magic, mystic and for some the muse of words, to make connections anyway. Mindfulness and a connection to the word “frail” most likely com

FOCUS

A penny saved is a penny earned. It is better to give than receive. The stomach is the way to the heart. You’ve probably heard these sayings many times. And like cliches, these have some truth. Likewise, I’m reminded of another saying “ Where you focus, grows ” which is probably less well known, yet very true. As a matter of fact, the truth of this saying can be found in mindfulness as a practice. Mindfulness as a practice is to engage focus on your breathing as a way to create better balance in your everyday life. The truth of the saying “Where you focus grows” is revealed as your daily mindfulness practice grows your ability to be still, get quiet and be open to guidance. Specifically, it is the ongoing commitment to mindfulness that will help create better balance as you forward the path of progress and peace. Gifts break rocks and melt hearts. Uruguay

FOCUS

A penny saved is a penny earned. It is better to give than receive. The stomach is the way to the heart. You’ve probably heard these sayings many times. And like cliches, these have some truth. Likewise, I’m reminded of another saying “ Where you focus, grows ” which is probably less well known, yet very true. As a matter of fact, the truth of this saying can be found in mindfulness as a practice. Mindfulness as a practice is to engage focus on your breathing as a way to create better balance in your everyday life. The truth of the saying “Where you focus grows” is revealed as your daily mindfulness practice grows your ability to be still, get quiet and be open to guidance. Specifically, it is the ongoing commitment to mindfulness that will help create better balance as you forward the path of progress and peace. Gifts break rocks and melt hearts. Uruguay

AIR

Not much there. Yes, I admit it’s an easy “ha ha” statement. Nonetheless, it’s true, and that’s probably what makes for an easy “ha ha” in a lot of jokes. However, easy doesn’t always mean simple which is why some people miss “the punchline” in jokes like that. Fortunately, the connection between air and mindfulness is both easy and simple.  Mindfulness is a practice which involves learning how to focus, manage and appreciate the air you take in and then release: your breath. In learning mindfulness you engage a practice that allows you to pay attention to your body’s most essential function; your breathing. We take in and release air with such little regard for the magnificence of this vital function of life, that we often abuse and misuse the breath. As a vital biological function we may not know how to calm our breathing which in turn can lead to anger, stress and even heart failure in extreme situations. Likewise, when we breath too quickly we can become dizzy, disoriented or exper

AIR

Not much there. Yes, I admit it’s an easy “ha ha” statement. Nonetheless, it’s true, and that’s probably what makes for an easy “ha ha” in a lot of jokes. However, easy doesn’t always mean simple which is why some people miss “the punchline” in jokes like that. Fortunately, the connection between air and mindfulness is both easy and simple.  Mindfulness is a practice which involves learning how to focus, manage and appreciate the air you take in and then release: your breath. In learning mindfulness you engage a practice that allows you to pay attention to your body’s most essential function; your breathing. We take in and release air with such little regard for the magnificence of this vital function of life, that we often abuse and misuse the breath. As a vital biological function we may not know how to calm our breathing which in turn can lead to anger, stress and even heart failure in extreme situations. Likewise, when we breath too quickly we can become dizzy, disori

TRUST

Have you ever baked a cake? Or a pie? Or maybe a souffle? This means you set the oven at the right temperature, mix all the right ingredients in the bowl, put the batter in the cake pan and then put the cake pan in the oven to bake. Only to find just a few minutes later you’re creaking the oven door open to see what’s going on? It’s a funny scenario because having done all the steps in the cake baking process, there’s only one thing that can be going on in the oven - the cake is baking. This is the case whether you're baking a pie, a souffle or casserole. Eventually, with practice you come to trust that the steps you followed will yield your best result. Similarly, you can trust your daily mindfulness practice to provide sustenance. Mindfulness has simple steps and with daily practice you come to trust it will yield results of better balance in your everyday life. Like the process of baking a cake, the more you commit to following the steps, the better your results. A daily ration

TRUST

Have you ever baked a cake? Or a pie? Or maybe a souffle? This means you set the oven at the right temperature, mix all the right ingredients in the bowl, put the batter in the cake pan and then put the cake pan in the oven to bake. Only to find just a few minutes later you’re creaking the oven door open to see what’s going on? It’s a funny scenario because having done all the steps in the cake baking process, there’s only one thing that can be going on in the oven - the cake is baking. This is the case whether you're baking a pie, a souffle or casserole. Eventually, with practice you come to trust that the steps you followed will yield your best result. Similarly, you can trust your daily mindfulness practice to provide sustenance. Mindfulness has simple steps and with daily practice you come to trust it will yield results of better balance in your everyday life. Like the process of baking a cake, the more you commit to following the steps, the better your results. A dail

SOUND

What do you associate with when you hear that word? Funny thing it's hard to disassociate, separate, detach the word from its very own singular meaning. Admittedly I first associate some kind of noise, movement and vibration with the words sound. After which follows the association of music. Eventually, I arrive at that association which has nothing to do with noise, vibration or even music. Homonym as taught in grade school is a word that is spelled the same which has two different unrelated meanings. In this case my mind drifts to sound as in “vibrations of noise” and sound as in “stable, solid, steady” as beat (not too confused issue). In this case my mind drifts to sound as in “vibrations of noise” and sound as in “stable, solid, steady” as beat (not too confused issue). Mindfulness is a practice associated with quiet. The best benefits of the practice are received when we allow our mind to be quiet. However, this is not the same as being “without sound” - which in reality is p

SOUND

What do you associate with when you hear that word? Funny thing it's hard to disassociate, separate, detach the word from its very own singular meaning. Admittedly I first associate some kind of noise, movement and vibration with the words sound. After which follows the association of music. Eventually, I arrive at that association which has nothing to do with noise, vibration or even music. Homonym as taught in grade school is a word that is spelled the same which has two different unrelated meanings. In this case my mind drifts to sound as in “vibrations of noise” and sound as in “stable, solid, steady” as beat (not too confused issue). In this case my mind drifts to sound as in “vibrations of noise” and sound as in “stable, solid, steady” as beat (not too confused issue). Mindfulness is a practice associated with quiet. The best benefits of the practice are received when we allow our mind to be quiet. However, this is not the same as being “without sound” - which in

PRESSURE

W hat do  you   do  under  pressure ?  How do  you  handle the  pressure  when it feels  heavy  like a  brick   causing   imbalance  from all  sides ?  Where  do   you  turn when the  pressure   seems  to be pressing down on your  brain ,  eyes , back and your  life ?  Do  you   reach  for  medicine / drugs ,  food ,  drink  or something else to  relieve  the  pressure ?   Admittedly, when the  pressure  is so very heavy the  easy  and  quick  relief can  seem  the best way to  regain  balance;  at least for a  while .  Inevitably, the  pressures  of life return and you will again  need  “something” for  relief .  Mindfulness is simple,  readily  available and with daily practice offers quick  access  to better balance. Mindfulness as a  daily  practice can  help   create  and  restore   balance  in your  everyday  life without spending money, overindulging in  food , drink or  drugs .  Whether the  pressure  causing imbalance in your  life  is biological  such as   headaches ,  migrai