For the past few weeks I’ve been focusing on mindfulness. Yet another overly hyped term of late. Along with authenticity, mindfulness is touted as being the next big leap in happiness boosting.
The most common mindfulness technique – meditation, has been around for centuries but is now enjoying a new acclaim as more and more people seek to quiet the overly noisy world in which they live.
I’ve been working on building up a meditation practice for a few years now, but the more I learn about mindfulness overall, the more I realize I’ve been doing it for most of my life already.
It can be as simple as taking a moment to listen to the wind play through the trees, or stopping to watch the sun set over the horizon. It’s that 2 minute break you can to breathe and center before moving on to another task. That’s all mindfulness really is.
Mindfulness practices may be in vogue, but you don’t need to be a yogi or reiki master to enjoy the calming affects of meditation.
It all begins with learning to relate to the world in a new way. Opening your mind and allowing it to connect to the world again with intention and focus. Bringing alignment between your mind and soul. Putting aside the devices for a few moments to really and truly check in with yourself.That’s what mindfulness is really all about.
What I’m reading this week:
Confession – I’m still in the midst of reading this book, but I’ve gotten far enough along that I feel I can give a solid recommendation still.
Set up as a series of smallish sections with a few “try these at home” tips, this books is one you don’t want to rush through. I’ve been reading a few pages each day and then trying to incorporate what I’ve learned into my life.
I love the style of writing, with it’s simple wisdom and gentle prodding to the reader. It asks you to look at life and doing, or rather non-doing in a new light.
If you’ve never tried meditating before or have some conflicted ideas about the practice, I highly recommend this book as a gateway to help you understand the concept more holistically.
This was a fun and silly book I picked up at the library on a whim and boy am I glad I did!
It’s not a book you would “read” per se, but one to pick up whenever you need a little “pick me up”.
It’s chock full of adorable drawings and simple examples of staying present and happy.
This is the first of such “Happiness is…” books I’ve seen but now I want the whole set!
And to give you an idea about how cute these illustrations are, here’s one of my favorites below. I hope you pick up a copy today and remember what happiness is… to you!
How do you remember to be present in the moment? What’s your favorite mindfulness practice? Let me know in the comments below!
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