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Fantasy

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I 'm not a fan of fantasy in any genre; not books, not movies, not in online alternate worlds, and not (some might say sadly) even in my dreams.  Fantasy has been around for as long as people have been able to dream and communicate.     Some of the oldest recorded  fantasy may be with the Greek tales of   Aphrodite, Zeus   and Titans   moving on   to Shakespeare,  later Jules Verne Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea.  Much farther on fantasy leaps to Superman, then further to Star Trek, and beyond with Star Wars.  In recent years the fantasy genre has taken on a whole new life with the magical mechanisms of technology to produce Buffy the Vampire, Avatar, Games of Thrones and much more.  However, even with the out-of-this-world bells, whistles, and bangs that technology produces, I don't find the purposefulness of fantasy.  Yet, I am coming to appreciate the appeal of fantasy through insights with mindfulness.   Mindfulness practice is an opportunity to come away from the es

Reminder

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Mindfulness is an opportunity to remember the things we sometimes forget. We sometimes forget, we are not alone. We sometimes forget, we are loved. We sometimes forget, we are born to goodness. We sometimes forget, we are each unique. We sometimes forget, to let go, to release and to come to center. Mindfulness practice is an opportunity to release the tension of those things we forget, so that we remember and come to balance. In the practice of quiet, stillness and focus on breathing you move towards mindfulness and into the openness of awareness. Here is the awakening appreciation of the here, now, present moment. The intent, purpose, direction is forward as we create better balance on the path of progress and peace. The snow, the wind, the sun and the sounds of nature, can all be reminders to you that you're an integral part of the natural world. Wayne W. Dyer

Community

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Community implies at least more than one person and more accurately a group of many people. What draws these people together can vary, such as birth, birthplace, culture and sometimes its a common goal.  However, because its more than one person, it doesn't seem a likely topic for a discourse about mindfulness practice which is primarily an  individual practice.  Yet, it's not too far to see that without individuals, there can be no community.  Therefore, it ' s worth the benefit of the community that each individual practice mindfulness to help create and keep better balance for the whole.   From a practical perspective we can look at individual monks "being community" who practice mindfulness as a way of life for self and the greater good of the community.   Indeed, as an individual participant your mindfulness in quiet, stillness and focusing on your breath brings you to center.  The practice moves you towards awareness and connection with the greater community

Celebrate

To celebrate is to engage appreciation, in the moment with a happy, joyful, energetic approach. Indeed, there's something about being "in-the-moment" that adds intensity, purpose and intention to any celebration. Similarly, mindfulness practice has elements of intensity, purpose and of course intention to help move you towards better balance.  Moreover, 'in-the-moment" is vital to the quiet, stillness, and focus on breathing that invites awareness.     Obviously, celebration and mindfulness are at different ends of a spectrum.  Yet, you will discover there is much to celebrate as mindfulness moves you towards center and your awakening appreciation of the here, now, present moment.   The intent, purpose, direction is forward as we create better balance on the path of progress and peace.   I would like my work to be thought of as a celebration of life and nature. Henry Moore

Sync

Synchronicity, synchronize, synchronization are words that have been around for a while. In fact, according to one dictionary these originate in 1615–25; <Greek  synchron√≠zein   with various changes taking place throughout history. One of those changes is the term "sync" which is used so often today in conjunction with any kind of technology application, update or replacement be it the computer, tablet, smartphone, camera, etc. Most people are familiar with the term, even if they don't use or know much about technology, which refers to bring things together to establish or re-establish balance.  For example, with a new cell phone customers are saved an enormous amount of work, headache and technological confusion when they "sync" all their information from the old phone to the  new phone. Of course, there are steps one must practice in order to ensure the balance can be achieved. And rest assured most people pay attention fully to those steps, no less than de

Exclusive

The capacity to enjoy comes so easily, naturally to children. They enjoy whatever they are doing at that moment without regard for anything else. And when done with those things in that present moment, children move on to the next opportunity to enjoy whatever they are doing in the present moment. You see, although it can be said that it’s hard to hold a child’s attention; once children are engaged in for example an alternate-world-fantasy cartoon, a superhero movie, a video-game, Xbox, YouTube script, etc, he/she is truly engaged. Children have a fantastic ability to pay attention, exclusively to what is going on in the right now, present moment. However, as adults we learn, we are taught to diversify our attention in so many different directions. We lose touch with our capacity to pay attention, to make our focus exclusive when eating a meal, driving, talking with someone, even walking and in practice of mindfulness. I refer to children because the skill set needed to practice

Wait

The wait can be frustrating. The wait for a bus, train, doctor, a diagnosis, a wedding, a birth, a job and even being in line at the grocery store can be a frustrating wait. Some say it's a western culture defect. It may be more pronounced in the west, however I'd wager many people in many places prefer not to wait. Nevertheless, we all wait. Each of us will be required to wait at some time for something. Best we find a way to wait with a benefit like mindfulness. Mindfulness is both a good approach and a good application for the wait. With the practice of quiet, stillness and focusing on breath the wait becomes less a burden. Moreover, you open to the benefits of becoming better balanced as you practice mindfulness in the wait. In mindfulness the wait is an opportunity to release, relieve and experience light as you move towards awareness. This awareness through mindfulness brings balance to the wait as you embrace benefits of an awakening appreciation of the here, now, presen