All we really ever have in our possession, is the gift of the present moment.
What is Mindfulness?
Mindfulness has several definitions. The main premise behind being mindful is that we accept our feelings(positive or negative) and what is happening in our own lives without passing judgment. Life can be difficult and presents with challenges on a daily basis. The more judgments we pass onto ourselves and these challenges, the more stress is encountered.
Mindfulness encourages acceptance and living in the present moment with everything. Even in our darkest hour mindfulness can be employed. Mindfulness is a continued way of living and being. So, whether you are enjoying a meal with a friend or on your commute to work, it is to be done with full attention and positive regard.
What can be done mindfully, you ask? Just about anything! The list is extensive but to name a few:
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“Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way; on purpose in the present moment, and nonjudgmentally.”
Pssst…You may notice the lotus flower on a page or two. This is no coincidence. Did you know the beautiful lotus grows primarily in mud?! Even more inspiring, is that its deeply rooted stems push through the darkest and murkiest of waters to produce the beautifully opened leaves we see above surface. How affirming is this flower?! Sometimes our best versions of ourselves happen during the darkest and most difficult times of our lives.