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7 Daily Opportunities for Mindfulness

Updated on September 28, 2012
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“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.”

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

7.Discomfort or ‘negative’ feelings or (shenpa) – for example, practicing 4Rs

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

For additional readings on mindful awareness:

What Does ItMean to BeMindful? -

Mindfulness - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Mindfulness - Your Present Moment

Mindfulness Exercises For Everyday Life

Mindfulness (A Merloyd Lawrence Book): Ellen J. Langer ...

The Spiritual Practice of Being Present


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    • Quirinus profile imageAUTHOR

      Queirdkus Ω Ibidem 

      6 years ago from Sitting on the Rug

      Thanks for the affirmation, ChitrangadaSharan! Glad to know there's more of us beginning to understand the importance of mindfulness as a way of life.

      Thanks for your company, Eric! Like everyone else who already knows these profound truths deep within, I too need to just remember or be reminded especially because the daily grind can pull us in different directions.

    • Ericdierker profile image

      Eric Dierker 

      6 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Hey there. I came back to read your hub again. I wanted a good fresh positive start to the day, thanks, it worked.

    • ChitrangadaSharan profile image

      Chitrangada Sharan 

      6 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Very interesting read----Mindfulness is in fact the key to life. Thanks for sharing.

    • Quirinus profile imageAUTHOR

      Queirdkus Ω Ibidem 

      6 years ago from Sitting on the Rug

      Looking forward to the usual insights coming through you, your comments and your hubs ... Namaste.

    • Ericdierker profile image

      Eric Dierker 

      6 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      It is so cool it is amazing. I think I will try hard to put it in poetry.

    • Quirinus profile imageAUTHOR

      Queirdkus Ω Ibidem 

      6 years ago from Sitting on the Rug

      You are blessed, Eric! I too often experienced the same delights with the present moment when my children were toddlers. They get us in touch with the simple yet profound. Pets have their way of getting us to the same place. Thanks.

    • Ericdierker profile image

      Eric Dierker 

      6 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Very good. I am constantly amazed at the effectiveness of mindfulness.

      Here is a fun one. Cruising around with my 2.5 year old, he notices everything. Stuff I do not see or concern myself with. He is in the moment.


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