Mindful Moments

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Funny how we try and think our way out of an overly active mind, or makes plans for being more present at some stage in the future.

Moment of Silence

Rumi-On-SilenceWhen we take a moment of silence to commemorate some tragedy, usually before a sporting event, It makes me feel that by doing that little gesture we all who participate become present in that moment.

How do we keep that feeling and participate on a regular basis?

Good Day

 

What an amazing place it would be if we all started our day watching this video.

Start at the 3:45 mark. Just my 2 cents.

You think that this is just another day in your life…

It’s not just another day.
It’s the one day that is given to you – today…
It’s given to you.
It’s a gift.
It’s the only gift that you have right now…
…and the only appropriate response is gratefulness.

If you do nothing else but to cultivate that response to the great gift that this unique day is…
If you learn to respond as if it were the first day in your life
and the very last day
then you will have spent this day very well.

Begin by opening your eyes, and be surprised that you have eyes you can open
That incredible array of colors that is constantly offered to us for our pure enjoyment.

Look at the sky.
We so rarely look at the sky.
We so rarely note how different it is from moment to moment, with clouds coming and going.
We just think of the weather, and even with the weather we don’t think of all the many nuances of weather…
We just think of “good weather” and “bad weather.”

This day, right now, with its unique weather, maybe a kind that will never exactly in that form come again..
The formation of clouds in the sky will never be the same as it is right now…

Open your eyes.  Look at that.

Look at the faces of people whom you meet.
Each one has an incredible story behind their face, a story that you could never fully fathom.
Not only their own story, but the story of their ancestors.
We all go back so far…

And in this present moment on this day, all the people you meet, all that life from generations and from so many places all over the world flows together and meets you here like a life giving water if you only open your heart and drink.

Open your heart to the incredible gifts that civilization gives to us.
You flip a switch and there is electric light.
You turn a faucet and there is warm water, and cold water, and drinkable water…
a gift that millions and millions in the world will never experience.

So these are just a few of an enormous number of gifts to which you can open your heart.

And so I am wishing you will open your heart to all these blessings and let them flow through you.
That everyone you will meet on this day will be blessed by you,
just by your eyes, by your smile, by your touch, just by your presence.

Let the gratefulness overflow into blessing all around you.
Then it will REALLY be a good day.

Brother David Steindl-Rast

Varoom, Varoom

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A day that I will remember forever – as It was a beautiful summer day as I drove up the coast with a new friend.

A day that I will remember forever – as its impression is engrained in my mind.  Everything was new and fresh, a new beginning.

A day that I will remember forever – I never experienced passion as I did that day.

A day that I will remember forever

Took an untrodden path once, where the swift don’t win the race
It goes to the worthy, who can divide the word of truth
Took a stranger to teach me, to look into justice’s beautiful face
And to see an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth – Bob Dylan

Multitasking – Good or Bad?

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Is Multitasking a good thing or a bad thing?

In my journey to obtain a clearer mind I came across the idea of multitasking.  It struck me on how many of us seem to think that its a good thing to get as many things done as possible at the same time. I’m sure all of our bosses would like us to be more productive by doing more than a human can handle at one time.  But are we really more productive or just looking busy?

Definition of Multitasking, in an operating system, is allowing a user to perform more than one computer task (such as the operation of an application program) at a time. The operating system is able to keep track of where you are in these tasks and go from one to the other without losing information.

Can we really Multitask effectively? Should we really even try?

My short answer is a resounding NO.  How can we focus on more than one thing at a time and expect to do any of those things with clarity and intelligence.  Our lives are filled with doing and not enough of just being.

The American culture doesn’t understand simply being.  What a shame.  In our culture when a person reaches old age and cannot “Do” anymore we seem to set them aside in old age homes to wither away and die.  Aren’t those the people that have lived the longest and should have the most experience and wisdom?  I never understood that concept.  In other cultures they are revered but not ours.  Sent away and visited every Tuesday.  It’s no wonder that most of them don’t remember us when we arrive on Tuesday, or are they just paying us back for our misguided placement of the wisest of us all.

Just something to think about.

Walden Pond

walden pond“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived. I did not wish to live what was not life, living is so dear; nor did I wish to practice resignation, unless it was quite necessary. I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life, to live so sturdily and Spartan-like as to put to rout all that was not life, to cut a broad swath and shave close, to drive life into a corner, and reduce it to its lowest terms, and, if it proved to be mean, why then to get the whole and genuine meanness of it, and publish its meanness to the world; or if it were sublime, to know it by experience, and be able to give a true account of it in my next excursion.”

Henry David Thoreau

Monsters

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My monsters come in different shapes and sizes.
Over the years, I have learned to deal with them.
I do that by letting go

First, I let go of my wish to suppress them.
When they arrive, I acknowledge them
I let them be.

 

 

Next, I let go of my instinct to vilify them.
I seek to understand them.

I see them for who they are.
they are merely creations of my body and mind.
I humor them a little.
I joke with them.
I joke about them.
I let them play.

Then, I let go of my desire to feed them.
They may play here all they want.
But they get no food from me.
they are free to stay here hungry, if they want.
I continue to let them be.
Then they get really hungry,
And sometimes they leave.

Finally, I let go of my desire to hold on to them,
They are free to leave as they wish,
I let them go
I am free,
For now.

I do not overcome them,
They do not overcome me,
And we live together,
In harmony. – Chade-Meng Tan

Trying too hard?

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Are you trying too hard?

I discovered an important lesson, accidentally.  Isn’t that how it always happens, accidentally.  The lesson was that sometimes we try too hard to make things happen.  Sometimes they just need to grow on their own, organically.

I seem to get in my own way at times.  Oh yeah, I’m human.

I’ve been struggling on looking for my passion.  Well I think I was trying way too hard and it was getting frustrating.

I learned along time ago on how to change the frustration feeling into a positive feeling.  I look at frustration as a trigger to tell myself that I’m getting ready to learn something new and make a breakthrough.  The “learning something new” works for me, replace your frustration with your own trigger.  Have fun with it.  It truly works.

So I took a step back to gain a different perspective and out of nowhere, all of a sudden I was presented with some clarity and direction.  It resonated so well with my morals and values.  I felt a feeling of relief as if a light illuminated the darkness that was heavy and overbearing at times.  All gone with a single swoop of inspiration.

I will be documenting my journey any comments are appreciated and…….

Remember It’s Only Stuff

 

 

Search Inside Yourself

Search Inside Yourself

siyA course in understanding yourself utilizing Mindfulness

As anyone who really knows me, understands my journey to find enlightenment in this crazy world.  We all struggle through the mundane choirs of our daily existence.  It’s only when one realizes the potential in themselves that they are able to change the world.

Some of us want to change the world, however in my opinion we need to change within ourselves before any lasting change in the world can occur.

I’ve started another journey with the help of this amazing book “Search Inside Yourself”.  This is a course developed at Google to enhance leadership and their employees on how to understand each other better to establish a more cohesive and creative working environment.

I will be journalling my adventure as I go.  I hope this will help others as my goal is to assist anyone who needs some guidance.

Remember – It’s only stuff