As many of you know, I just returned from a month-long retreat to extricate myself from everything except for those things that would allow me to be present, to live in and for the moment and to find balance. I found this is the purest definition of mindfulness. It is being aware of your surroundings - the sights, the smells, and the sounds. You become more aware of your breathing an what makes your soul happy. Life and purpose regain focus like the colors in the classic Viewfinder.
I became so in tuned to myself on my vacation that I barely took any photos. Typically, I am a selfie and picture-taking queen when I venture anywhere, especially some place different. This time, I wanted to recall the memory in the moment, rather than the moment in a picture. There is a difference. Think about it.
I returned feeling a sense of freedom and peace I have not experienced in a very long time. My soul has awakened. I see beauty and longing in everything. My breathing reminds me I am healthy. I am happy. I am whole. I am at the epicenter of my purpose. I am light. I am love.
When we fixate on something, that something becomes a distraction, even with the best intentions. But if we can focus on the present, not the past, or the future, we can receive the gift the present provides. That gift opens us up to the world in a way that intention cannot.
Being mindful can heighten your sense of awareness in a world that can truly dull your senses. Go deeper. Otherwise, you will be petrified into inaction every single day, realizing an elongated repetition has taken the place of mindfulness.
This process only ends necessarily at the crossroads of your intention and your decision.
Join me in 30 days of mindfulness. I have attached a calendar from Bupa to help you get started.
Start today. Make a decision that counts. Be mindful... every day.