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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.

More Chi marvelousness may be found here!

New Year Reflection-Projection maps – not too late!

Reflect and project

Reflect and project

OK – we are two weeks into 2016 and for many the reality of the new year is just sinking in and the other sinking feeling is that oops! We still haven’t started do do / think / plan for it!

IT IS NOT TOO LATE!!!

So if you missed the wonderful ‘lull’ between Christmas and the New Year and are just starting NOW, one idea may be to do some reflection linked with projection so that you can still start within the first month and write the year YOU want.

I started two maps at the same time. I use a hand drawn one for my reflection map and the computer one for my projection map, I like to do the projection map on the computer, so I can add to it as the year goes by and ‘life’ happens!

First go month by month through your diary / work calendar / electronic calendar and remind yourself what happened and note anything of significance on your reflection map. Decide on your main branches, this year mine were: Family/friends; my business; the home; me and specially loving things. At the same time I started my projection map, my starting branches were: home projects; things to achieve; things to explore; fun stuff; family/friends and beingness (physical & mental).  Here is a blank example for you:
Creating my 2016

I then hopped back and forth. I started with some projections as they had been inspired by conversation with some dinner guests the night before and then went into reflection as some of the things I had (or had not) achieved in the past year, influenced what I wanted to project into the coming year.

The projection map will be put where I can see it daily as I find there is great power in a map to drive your brain to focus and achieve. I wish you a wonderfully satisfying and JOY-filled 2016!

I show my maps as an example and I hope to inspire you as they are such fun to do!

Vanda’s 2016 plans

Year in reflection

Year in reflection