Mindfulness

Don't worry so much!

“I am an old man and have known a great many troubles,

but most of them never happened.”

–Mark Twain >>

Free your mind

from negativity

“Most things I worry

‘bout, never happen anyway.”

–Tom Petty >>

Live in the Moment

"Our plans never turn out as tasty as reality."

--Ram Dass >>

Gratitude Lives in the Moment

"I will thank God for the day and the moment I have."

--Jim Valvano >>

Mindfulness is living in the moment >>

Mindfulness is a way to focus on our thoughts

and feeling to understand them, and to take control over them.  It is perhaps one the simplest forms of meditation.  It is living in the moment, which is an essential part of serenity.

Focus on what is happening now

In mindfulness, you carefully observe your thoughts and feelings without judging them as either good or bad.  You focus on what is happening in this very moment instead of worrying about the past or fretting about the future.  Your attention is directed at the experience you are having right now.

 

Thoughts will wander off

For me, as an alcoholic and addict, my thoughts tend to wander off into areas where I’d rather not go.  Through mindfulness I can gently bring myself back to the quiet center point.  When I examine the contents of this alcoholic’s brain, it’s amazing how often my thoughts are weighing me down and bringing sorrow.  But today I can control my thoughts.

 

Pay attention to what’s happening right here and now.

The sun is warm on my face.  The sky is incredibly blue.  I breath deep and it feels good.  I feel a pang of hunger and it feels good to be hungry.  I’m combing my hair and the teeth of the comb feel good on my scalp.  All these wonderful things occur in the moment and they are easily missed.

 

Don't sweat the small stuff

During the day, I occasionally find myself stuck in a tough situation.  If I can recognize what is happening, I can step back, take a deep breath, and focus on the moment I am living right now.  I disregard the fear of failing.  I can slow myself down.  I can remember who I am.  I can quit sweating the small stuff, and as I have heard, it’s all small stuff.

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If I told you that you were going to die tomorrow

Savor every moment as if it were your last

 

If I told you that I knew with absolute certainty that you are going to die tomorrow, what would you do?  In times past, we both would have gotten drunk, stoned, and partied riotously through the night.  Fortunately, those days are past.

 

Now, I would take the time to savor every moment of this last day.  I would taste every sip of coffee.  I would taste every bite of food.  I would see every landscape as a painting.  The most trivial of sounds would be a symphony.  Every word and every touch from my family would reach my soul. 

 

Fortunately for both of us, I have it from an excellent source, that you are NOT going to die tomorrow.  But why not live like this every day anyway?  Grasp every moment.  Take life by the ears and shake the goodness out of it.  Treasure every second, waste none.  Live in the moment. 

 

Let no thought enter your head which would block your enjoyment of this moment.

Speaking of The Buddha, what is the Eightfold Path?

The Eightfold Path >>

The Eightfold Path are eight intertwined ideas about how to live in the world.  The concepts are right view, right thought, right speech, right action, right livelihood, right effort, right mindfulness, and right concentration. 

 

The concept of right

can be understood as an ideal of perfection, wholeness, wisdom, and integrity.

 

Right view

means we start with an understanding of the true cause of suffering in the world and finish with a new knowledge that leads to the cessation of that suffering. 

 

Right intention, or right thought

means ridding the mind of all qualities that we know to be wrong or immoral.  Right speech is simply avoiding abusive or divisive talk. 

 

Right action

is avoiding any action that hurts another. 

 

Right livelihood

is refusing to work at any profession that harms others. 

 

Right effort

means abandoning all harmful thoughts, words and deeds. 

 

Right mindfulness

or right awareness is living in the moment and refraining from the pursuits of the material world. 

 

Right concentration

or right meditation is the practice of contemplation leading to higher levels of awareness.

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