Mindfulness Revisited

Mindfulness.

The latest ‘it’ word. Everyone has been talking about mindfulness for a while now, but why has it lasted so long? The latest craze tends to come and then fade out, but mindfulness hasn’t done that.

There’s good reason:  it works!
For all kinds of mental health concerns, it is the act of being rushed away by the onslaught of one’s own thoughts that tend to perpetuate the negativity. From anxiety, to OCD, to psychosis, the running thoughts tend to be what keeps one stuck inside the mind.

A blessing

May you awaken to the mystery of being here and enter the quiet immensity of your own presence.

May you have joy and peace in the temple of your senses.

May you receive great encouragement when new frontiers beckon.

May you respond to the call of your gift and find the courage to follow its path.

May the flame of anger free you from falsity.

May warmth of heart keep your presence aflame and may anxiety never linger about you.

May your outer dignity mirror an inner dignity of soul.

A new leaf for a new year?

We start each brand new year with sayings like “this year I’m turning over a new leaf!” or “out with the old, in with the new” but the problem is, we’ve spent so much time investing in those old habits it is so hard to just sweep them out the door, we instead sweep them under the rug, so we can pull them out when no one is looking and wrap ourselves up with the comfort of them once more!

Soul-baring and New Beginnings

My thoughts are jumbled.  This blog is quite different from the previous and most certainly of a more personal nature.  I was about to start this post off with an apology. To say that I’m sorry for the disorderly nature of my writing, and ask you, the reader, to bear with me… but the truth is, if you want to, you will and if you can’t be bothered, you wont, regardless of my apology.  I apologize too often. I take on the guilt and shame of actions that have little to do with me or my control. I seek permission for things that are at the same time both my right by virtue of being alive and not within the permission-granting domain of whom I am seeking it from.  If that makes sense, then maybe you know where I am coming from.

Getting involved in your own transformation

Mindfulness is such a large and yet simple concept. It works on the micro and macro scale.  Being aware of the feelings inside your body; being aware of the feelings across the planet. Looking at how you decide to travel (by foot, bike, automobile, train, plane…) and how that affects your body, as well as how it impacts the planet… or looking at how you decide to vote (whether you do at all, whether you CAN at all, whether your party has a runner in your riding…) how that impacts your thinking, and also how it might change your Country.

Mindfulness is more than just your own self interest. Intention never ends at your front door. Our actions are carried further and farther than we ourselves can realize.

What’s in a spell?

What are spells?
Spells are a vehicle for materializing our own will. All magic comes from tapping into the energy that exists in the world around us all the time, for everyone. Never let anyone try to convince you that you must be ‘special’ or ‘different’ in order to tap into this energy; that only they have “the Power” or that they are “more Powerful” than you. This simply is not the case.

Each and every one born on this planet has the ability to harness the energy here.

On-going Learning

I attended a Mindfulness Class today; yes, I still go to classes. It is an on-going, never-ending journey I have embarked upon, and there will always be more to learn and new ways to view previously learned knowledge.

Today I participated in a “Body Scan” method of looking at Mindfulness.

Thank-you!

Along with Mindfulness, another important step is Thankfulness, or Gratitude.

Being more than just aware of where we are and how we got there or where we’re going — when we take time to focus on who has helped us along the way and pay thanks to those people, we are actually enhancing our own sense of joy in our lives.

It wont happen over night…

“Things are not always what they seem; the first appearance deceives many; the intelligence of a few perceives what has been carefully hidden.” ― Phaedrus

Mindfulness takes time.

However old you are today, if you have lived a life thus far without actively participating in Mindfulness activities, then you have learned to cope in various other ways. These ways have become habits and habits are hard to break.