Marvelous Mind Chi Monday – choose a ‘Scare City’ or ‘A bun dance’

Life is all about choices. We make them with greater of lesser degrees of consciousness. I shall offer you two options to see which you would choose!

One choice is a ‘Scare City’ and the other is ‘A bun dance’.

This is ‘Scare City’

The people here have tight, pinched faces. They frown a lot and look at the ground, or shiftily check to see what others are getting up to. There arms are tightly wrapped around anything and everything they think is theirs. They are always having to post ‘Stay off this land’; ‘No trespassing’; and ‘Private property’ signs. They feel that everyone out there is trying to rip them off and is out to get them. No matter how much they have, it is not enough. There is no feeling of satisfaction. Not a happy state to be in.

Scare City
A bun dance

And this is a bun dance

People here look you in the eye and greet you warmly. ‘May I help you?’; ‘Anything I can do for you?’ and ‘Is everything OK?’ are common responses. If you are trying to work out something, someone is always there offering to help. ‘Here take mine!’; ‘Let me show you how!’ and ‘I’m right here if you need me.’ People are smiling, happily sharing what they have, even if they do not have that much. People enjoy life, feel gratitude and thankfulness, feel they have been blessed and therefore are happy to share.

Which do you choose?

This question was brought into stark realisation for me as I was walking on the beach in Palm Beach, Florida and saw this:

Mine! All mine – every grain of sand!

And then comes the high tide and washes the cones away! Here is an example of living with a scarcity attitude. Obviously blessed with much, yet feeling the need to claim the sand as well! Compared with an abundance attitude of celebrate with me the sunrise and the ocean’s bounty!

Which way do you think increases your resilience? Allows you to ‘roll with the punches’ with greater ease? Is a youth encouraging outlook? Creates less stress and strain inside you?

Which do you choose?

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Marvelous Mind Chi Monday – Time for mindful reflection?

My reflection for today is ‘mindfulness’ and/or ‘meditation’.

I have been on this planet for quite a while – well, time enough to drag out my mini-skirts at least 6 times! And what occurred to me recently was that, along with my mini-skirts, there are many other tried and true things, which will be ‘new’ to the younger generations!

What joy!! A whole new fresh audience to share stuff that has stood the test of time.

So when I ask groups of people, ‘Do you have some mindful or meditative moments?’ Only about 2 in 30 people say they do. ‘Why not?’ I ask; ‘Takes too long’; ‘Don’t know how’; ‘Costs too much’; ‘Don’t want to wear orange!’; ‘I am not very flexible’; ‘Against my religion’; ‘Who needs to say a made up word?’ ‘It’s for hippies!’; ‘It is just plain weird!’.

What if I were to say that you do both of them already! That it is a natural part of our neurological function, in fact you MUST do it to stay sane! Further, it is a fast track to building your resilience; managing your emotions; improving your concentration and memory. In other words – necessary!

You are at work, looking through a less than exciting report – ops! What was on those past 10 pages… where was your mind?! You are in front of a crackling fire, sitting very comfortably, you suddenly ‘return’ from the reverie you were enjoying. You are ‘lost’ in a task that you really relish, someone calls your name, you are not aware.

These are all natural forms of mindfulness / meditation.

A Harvard study found that people spend 46.9 percent of their waking hours thinking about something other than what they are doing. Try checking in with your thoughts and see where you are! Growing your mindfulness greatly increases the richness and joy in nearly whatever you are doing.

Is there a difference with mindfulness and meditation?

Is there a difference? In my experience over the past 50 years, there is definitely a lot of overlap.

Mindfulness is multi-sensorially attending to the task at hand.

And then mindfulness can grow into meditation, you may start with a focus on your breath, or on walking, or a piece of music, but then it ‘grows’ into a beautiful expanse of nothing/everythingness.

For example, I begin by performing my 8-minute/step Mind Chi routine, and after my final moment of gratitude, I just float; loose track of time; (so I previously set a timer) and the best way I can describe it is as though I am having a top up of whatever I need to be my best me.

In this fast paced, constant stimulation, multi-tasking world, we really need some ‘nothingness’! May I invite you to try it?

Both can enhance a deeply enriching way of life – live with your present awareness on what you are doing and expanding it to all there is.

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