Mindful Living (A short excerpt from my forthcoming book)
Being Aware of the Magic that Sounds You
Life is full of so many amazing things, but we are often so consumed with what is going wrong with our lives that we are blind to the beauty. I am convinced that most of us spend our lives walking around asleep, unable to absorb the magic that surrounds us.
I remember when I used to push my daughter and my son around the neighborhood in their stroller when they were babies. They couldn’t speak, but I would talk to them. I would push them down the street and identify things as they looked around in complete amazement. I would point out the tall green pine trees towering up toward a crystal clear blue sky. I would follow their eyes as they glanced up at the beauty. I remember my son reaching for a small yellow butterfly as it flitted in front of his sweet little face. Everything we passed, I would name. “See the doggie? Isn’t she pretty?” My children would smile. I would smile. What wonderful memories … me, my babies, and nature. Continue reading →
“When you choose the behavior, you also choose the consequence that is attached to that action.”
I originally posted this when I first entered the world of blogging about a year and a half ago. It seemed to resonate with many readers, so I am bringing it back again. I have since added a picture. In my early days of blogging, I had no idea how to do such a thing. (Until Todd Lohenry discovered this post and taught me a lot of what I know today about the blogging world.)
In that small space between the event and your response, remind yourself to “ride the wave of emotion.” When an upsetting even occurs, if we can just stop for a moment, identify the emotions that we are feeling, accept them without judging them, and remind ourselves that they will pass, we may find the courage to endure them for a little while. We can experience our feelings and make rational decisions all at the same time. We just need to make sure we are in wise mind before we respond.
Ask yourself, “What do I have to be thankful for right now in this moment?”
Take nothing for granted.
For a moment, get rid of “I want, I need, I don’t have, I wish I had, why me?”
Do you have anything in your life right now that you would miss if it were gone tomorrow? Appreciate it. Soak it up. Be present with it. Get out of yesterday and stop worrying about tomorrow long enough to be grateful for today. Everybody has something to be thankful for. Notice it. Soak it in.