Over the past couple of months I have tried my hardest to practice 'mindfulness' to a deeper degree. Although I felt as if I understood what it meant to be mindful, I in fact did not. I challenged myself to a 30 day gratitude journal this month and today is day 16. Well, this challenge has opened my eyes to just how mindful we tend NOT to be. Believe me, when we become more aware of being mindful in every moment, everything suddenly becomes love. Everything is peace. Everything is growth. It's a beautiful feeling.
Mindfulness is being aware of yourself, others and your surroundings 'in' the moment.
When we consciously focus awareness on our lives as it unfolds moment by moment, we are able to take in and appreciate each experience. And the bonus is, when we do so, it gives us the opportunity to change painful or negative feelings quickly. Believe me-it works.
In my most deepest 'mindful' moments, I feel the presence of God all over me. It's absolutely amazing to be in that space.
Like how often do we really pay attention? Usually when someone is speaking, we're unable to pay attention because were busy trying to think of what we want to say next or on the other hand we're constantly jumping in. I am at fault for this and it has to do with childhood experiences. Not being heard as a child- so we bring that into our friendships and relationships as an adult. But I've learned through my relationship with my kids; that almost every person to whom we pay close attention gains immediate value in our hears and minds. Truly listening to someone and 'hearing' them, adds depth to the relationship. Whether it's a child or a stranger.
Imagine if athletes did not stay present while playing sports? It would be a matter of life and death.
Paying attention results in valuing and enjoying what you're paying attention too. It often leads to living them more fully. Seeing others as God sees them. No matter what. When you practice mindfulness, your heart WILL be lightened.