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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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Marvelous Mind Chi Monday – Mindfully

Last Monday I looked at preparation energy, and this Monday it is the actual doingness.

You have prepared, and now the day has come. As important as the things you have done is consideration of how you wish to be during the event. Consider the emotional bouquet you wish to show.

Have you ever been so wrapped up in the doing, that you forgot to actually enJOY yourself? I have heard people say, ‘It went by in a whirl, I hardly remember it!’.

The solution is to select how you wish to BE before the event and then be mindful during the event.

What is being ‘mindful’?

It is just being present. It is being in the now. It is using all your senses to really lap up all that is happening.

Multi-sensorially aware of your surroundings and you!

This is the Blue Danube I enjoyed yesterday! Hearing the water splash past; feeling the sun and soft breeze on my face; smelling the Wiener Schnitzel being cooked; having a feeling of ready to eat… I immersed myself in the experience. Totally being in each moment.

How about mindful eating? Savour each mouthful, textures and tastes.
Mindful walking? Even from one office or room to another, be aware of your steps and journey.

And most important, is to be aware of the special people in your life. Look at them. Listen to them. Be there for them. Really give them your full attention.

The benefits of being mindful are great. Instead of life just slipping by, you grab the richness of even the ‘ordinary’ moments. Your appreciation of ‘simple’ things is increased. And you find an abundance of things for which to be grateful every day.

Scientists are discovering a positive connection between feeling grateful and your resilience. What a lovely way to build your resilience and combat any negative stresses.

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