Mindfulness Means NOW

Embracing NOW is a new a level of being and living.

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My ears are turned to whomever utters words that captivate me and resonate with my being. I listen to whom I’m drawn to whether it be friend, stranger or foe. I can learn something from everyone if I am willing to notice the lesson and pay attention.

I am not a fanatic of anyone. I read whoever has something to say that I am interested in or drawn to at the time. It could be a child, a store clerk or a person in front of me in line at the bank. I do appreciate the contributions of those who have helped to add to my life along the way both directly and indirectly.

Simply put, my goal is to seize the moment with awareness! How about you? Learning to live in the now positions us to live at an entirely different level of existence. Whenever we fully embrace the moment we elevate ourselves from mindlessness to mindfulness. It’s easier to see the rainbow in the clouds and our lives become more of an eventful pleasure rather than something to be endured.

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Have you ever been driving and wondered how you’d arrived at your destination? Truly you were in the car but your mind was miles away. Are you truly present when others are talking to you or is your mind elsewhere? When you take a shower or bath are you thinking about the comfort you the feel from the warm water sloshing between your toes? Or are you yelling at the kids and trying to ignore the knocks and voices on the other side of the bathroom door. When you eat are you savoring every bite chewing each one at least twenty times? Or are you woofing it down—finished and wondering what you ate while you’re still hungry? When you walk from one point to the next are you enjoying each step and taking time to smell the flowers along the way or are you just trying to hurry up and get there? In this rushed society too many of us have the next thing on our mind!

There are times when reflection is absolutely necessary. However, a majority of the time it is personally advantageous for our minds to be in the present moment. Our focus should be on what is—not what will be or what was.  Our families, jobs and a plethora of other demands can keep us running through life like it’s a sprint when life is meant to be an enjoyable marathon of a journey.

 

Are you free? We arrive at another state of being when we learn to bask in the moment and savor the flavor of our experiences like tasting a new wine. Now is the only thing that is certain. Let’s not waste it! The present moment is a unique gift. Receive it! Take this moment and sit in stillness. Just try it for 60 seconds. Pay attention to what you hear. Try to relax and quiet your mind. It may help jut to pay attention to your breathing—each inhale and exhale. If you like, do so to the count of three or four.  Additionally, the picture below may help. Sit and imagine being there and hearing the sounds of the waves—feeling the cool wet sand between your toes. Feel the warmth of the sun on your skin. Just relax in moment. That’s mindfulness meditation. That’s how manifestation begins. That’s embracing the now rather than allowing time to control you. Oh, what a feeling….

Beach scene

In love and peace,

Dr. Free

Authentic thoughts are thoughts that are genuine and sincerely expressed. Authentic thoughts reverberate with other authentic individuals so they have an irresistible urge to ponder and or respectfully respond from their own unique perspective.

Feel free to use this platforrm to encourage others. Express your authentic thoughts. Leave a comment.

Author: Dr. Free

Dr. Free is a veteran educator. Her area of expertise is African-centered education consulting. She is a life learner who is passionate about truth, liberation, and justice. Dr. Free strives to be true to herself. She expresses herself in a way that enhances the lives of others and she enjoys giving others the space and encouragment to do the same.

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