7 Daily Opportunities for Mindfulness
“Mindfulness … is the key to life.”
“Mindfulness is the quality of fullness of attention, immediacy, non-distraction. In that sense, it is the key to life.”-Beliefnet.com
Ellen J. Langer, in her book, “Mindfulness: Choice and Control in Everyday Life”, cited some advantages to being a mindful person. These are as follows:
1.Ability to create new categories; ability to see things afresh and anew every time we look at them so that new attributes to a person, object or event is perceived.
2.Openness to new information; we respond to circumstances based on the present not on assumptions derived from previous experiences
3.Awareness of more than one perspective; ability to rise above the past and its context, which is usually the basis for much of our pain
4.Attention to process (doing) rather than outcome (results); enjoying the doing rather than being too concerned with the future or being overly results-oriented.
5.Trust of intuition; “The amazing thing about mindfulness and intuition is that they are both relatively effortless …”; ability to overcome the limitations of linear thinking
Additional advantage observed from personal experience:
6.Joy; derived from being present to allow the moment to reveal the Sacred
Below are some common, everyday life opportunities for getting in touch with mindfulness:
1.Sense of sight – a smile, a sunset; beauty of nature
2.Sense of touch – delightful textures of clothes and furnishing within the home
3.Sense of hearing – music and bird songs
4.Sense of smell – fragrances and aroma of food
5.Sense of taste – food and drinks during meal time and snacks
6.Gratitude and ‘positive’ feelings – from noticing or being mindful of even the smallest of blessings
Given the opportunity to practice mindfulness further, one of the best practices may be
8.Meditation – there are various types of meditation available, such as silent sitting meditation; every thought and/or emotion is acknowledged without judgment then let go
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