Good Morning Friends!
Sometimes you attend a meeting/conference and or come in the presence of someone or people, you are forever changed for the better. Or at least the root of change has started. I may have experienced a little awakening over the weekend. I attended a professional conference and I was so profoundly impacted by the practice of mindfulness that I am compelled to share a few things about it. Of course, this is something new and I am excited to cultivate, grow and develop the new and practice mindfulness.
According to Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn, the leading expert in mindfulness, mindfulness is “awareness, cultivated by paying attention in a sustained and particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally. It is of many forms of meditation, if you think of meditation as any way in which we engage in 1) systemically regulating our attention and energy 2) thereby influencing and possibly transforming the quality of our experience 3) in the service of realizing the full range of our humanity and of 4) our relationships to others and the world.
Kabat-Zinn (who I met recently and his presence is so calming and inviting) says in his book “Mindfulness for Beginners: Reclaiming the Present Moment and Your Life,” reminds us that mindfulness is like a love affair with “life, with reality and imagination, with the beauty of our being, with your heart and body and mind, and with the world.”
There are so many moments in life where I am walking mindlessly and without being present in my body. I love how mindfulness encourages us to be present. I love the beauty within mindfulness and the serenity/peace that comes with it. I want my life to be filled with beauty and serenity. I want to be the beauty and serenity/peace.
And this poem reminds me of the importance of mindfulness as a practice because there are so many things that we face in our daily lives .
Question of the Day: Have you heard of mindfulness and do you have any thoughts about this?