Do you think mindfulness is hard?
How hard can it be?
Not very if you check out the pancake mix masterpiece below.
There is no mystery to mindfulness. It simply means to be focused on the present moment. To be aware and engage with what’s happening right now.
Have you ever been absorbed in Sudoku, a good book or film, a letter you were writing, sung your heart out as you lose yourself in a song or in this case made a big mess- then you have experienced mindfulness. This state of being totally in the moment, or being in a state of flow (lessons to come).
Just watch this little legend being a mindfulness guru...
Kids are great role models of how to be in the moment. Watch a young child as he plays, he’s not thinking about what happened yesterday, or who he is going to annoy later that day.
He is simply absorbed in what he is doing. When he’s upset, he yells and cries- nothing else matters except for what upset him. He will have a cry and then let it go, the upsetting situation is gone and forgotten.
“I vividly remember spending hours as a child, deep in a pile of sand with match box cars and Tonka trucks racing over the earth, hours would pass and I would still be engrossed in what I was doing. I was in the moment and nothing else matter but how high I was going to make that truck jump. Owe to be 6 again and a king of mindfulness.”
You can become mindful at any moment. You can do it right now. Stop everything you are doing. Focus on what’s happening around you. Listen to the sounds, smell the fresh air, look at what is around you, feel your clothes on your skin and taste whats in your mouth. Try and find 5 sounds, 4 scents, 3 things to see, 2 things you can touch and lastly one taste in your mouth.
You have just done 30 seconds of mindfulness and focused on the present moment.
Your challenge today is to end the week on a high and find the humour and joy in your day.
To do this, what are you going to do to be mindful and present?
Be Happy, Teach Well