This week, we’re thinking about how mindfulness can fuel momentum. The founder of mindfulness-based stress reduction, Jon Kabat-Zinn, reminds us that we can draw mindfulness from anything:
Try this: sit/stand wherever you are and close your eyes for about 15-20 seconds.
Notice how hard it can be to stay present, rooted in the moment (maybe especially in the midst of a global pandemic). Our minds so easily travel to the past and future –– what’s to come and what’s already gone –– when perhaps the true essence of life actually lies within this present moment. When we make a conscious effort to stay rooted in the present and pay attention, we cultivate our own mindfulness.
The key to finding the momentum that lies in our everyday is being present.
Though it may seem obvious, it’s a fact we still seem to forget. Practicing mindfulness helps us see the beauty and appreciation in the simplest things –– like inhaling the scent from our morning coffee or tea or taking a walk around the neighborhood only to be surprised by a phone call from a friend. The more present we are, the more these micro-moments (moments within moments) can energize us. And what more: when we combine this energy with our meditation practice, it can expand our world with more color and invigorate the experience with ourselves.
If we encourage more positive momentum throughout our life, in this case with our mindful awareness, it can allow our daily experience to flourish and blossom in something truly transformative.
We’d love to hear from you!
How do you practice mindfulness in your daily life? What small moments can you draw momentum from? How can you incorporate a few more mindful moments?
📖 Finding Silver Linings In The Midst of a Pandemic (6 mins): The small joys in life stand out even more in life under quarantine
📖 With Mindfulness, Life's in the Moment (6 mins): One Harvard University professor has implemented mindfulness meditation across campus, calling it a "fitness routine for your brain."
That's all for now. Have an inspired week ahead :)
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