Sharing a most helpful article from Mindful.org on how to cultivate mindfulness.
Well-known Buddhist teacher and author, Thich Nhat Hanh, offers a simple, but profound, guide to becoming more mindful. (See link below.)
Let me know what you think 🙂
“Mindfulness is the energy that helps us recognize the conditions of happiness that are already present in our lives. You don’t have to wait ten years to experience this happiness. It is present in every moment of your daily life.” – Thich Nhat Hanh
One of the blogs I return to on a regular basis is Leo Babauta’s Zen Habits, which has been dispensing wonderful advice for several years.
All valuable skills take time to develop.
In a recent post, Leo reminds us that being mindful is a practice – that is, it’s like any other skill – it takes time to develop.
Check out a snippet from Leo’s post, and for the full wealth of helpful tips see the link below 🙂
“A Small Regular Practice. Form the simple habit of meditating for just two minutes a day (to start with). After you wake up, simply sit comfortably and try to focus on your breath for two minutes. When (not if) your mind wanders, just notice it and label it “thinking.” And gently return to the breath, without harshness. Set a timer, and when the timer goes off, you’re done! If you feel like expanding it by a minute every week or so, feel free to do so, but you don’t have to expand. The benefit of this regular practice is that you learn skills you can take and practice in other parts of your day.” – Leo Babauta
I’ve been watching the adult coloring book trend with much interest, but I haven’t given it a try, yet.
It’s easy to understand why people would find them so helpful and fun. Not only is it a simple creative activity, but it can promote mindfulness, as well.
This weekend I’ll pick up a book and see how it feels.
Have you bought an adult coloring book? If so, can you recommend any particular book you enjoyed?
Tech Insider has more via the link below.
“The latest trend has adults around the world picking up crayons and filling in the lines in an effort to zap stress. Eight of the 20 top-selling books on Amazon right now are adult coloring books with names like ‘Stress Relieving Patterns’ and ‘Balance.'” – Madison Malone Kircher
Passing along a wonderfully helpful article that explains the nature of breathing awareness, courtesy of Yoga International.
“There are many good methods of concentration bequeathed to us by our predecessors in Zen. The easiest for beginners is counting incoming and outgoing breaths. The value of this particular exercise lies in the fact that all reasoning is excluded and the discriminative mind put at rest. Thus the waves of thought are stilled and a gradual one-pointedness of mind achieved.” – Zen master Yasutani-Roshi (1885-1973)
“Perhaps you’re familiar with this experience: After a long week of work, the weekend finally arrives. It’s time to wind down, relax, and do nothing. However, before 9 a.m. Saturday morning you’ve organized three social appointments, ordered a new IKEA closet, and set in motion four other plans that will keep you active for the rest of the weekend.” – Rasmus Hougaard and Jacqueline Carter
The simple act of witnessing a sunrise can be an enriching experience for the spirit.
Thanks to Mother Nature Network for the nice article below.
“Making a point to watch sunrise or sunset every day is a wonderful way to improve your mental and physical health. The act of finding a beautiful spot from which to watch the day begin or end, and enjoy the light at it’s most colorful and varying, is the perfect opportunity to slow down, center your mind, and de-stress.” – Jaymi Heimbuch
A new field of psychological research is exploring the benefits of humility, empathy, and mindfulness. Scott Barry Kaufman (writing for Quiet Revolution) explains in the article linked below.
“If you stroll down the self-help aisle of most bookstores in America, you’ll notice that book after book is about how to be great, look good, and win. All of these promises for self-enhancement can be loud and quite overwhelming. Sometimes I cheekily wonder, why is there no such thing as a quiet self section?” – Scott Barry Kaufman