Mindful Living

Credit: quinet via FlickrAs I write to you this evening, I am blessed enough to be sitting outside listening to the cricket’s chirp, the cars pass, and feeling the breeze blow.  I am mindful of the deeply satisfying place that I am in.  I have slowed down enough to see it and to appreciate it.  (This is a rare occasion, by the way:).)  That is what mindfulness is all about.  It is about slowing down and paying attention. 

Mindfulness is a deeply rooted tradition adapted from Buddhism. When you run through life on auto-pilot, as most of us do, it is impossible to give the attention to Self that is needed. Part of bringing order to a chaotic mind or life is about being aware. Aware of Self and Needs of Self. You cannot bring about order if you do not know the nature of the chaos or the ends that you intend to accomplish.

As a mother, as a father, as a daughter, as a son, as a person, we all have roles to play and ordering chaos means you have to know what makes you happy and brings you joy and living that life congruent to others. However, once you know what makes you happy, you have to slow down to enjoy it. To appreciate it. To feel the full effect of it.

As you become aware in those moments, start to recognize the other, maybe not so dramatic, moments. When you rush through breakfast, you miss out not only a better means of digestion, but you miss out on the details. You don’t relish them. Life flies by.

When we are younger, we wish to be older and think that our time will never come. When we are older, we wish to be young again and waste the years that we do have left in a dream state rather than a here and now state. When you miss the now, you miss the how. How was that breakfast? How was that coffee break? Wow, it went by so fast you don’t even know if you enjoyed it or not. You missed the now and the how.

You didn’t see it because you were in a hurry; living mindlessly not mindfully. You were not in the now. The moment you have now is the only moment that you have. Live it and appreciate the beauty in it and in every moment by being mindful.

Be mindful of your feelings and your actions. Be mindful of your surroundings. Be mindful of your intention. When you slow down and live mindfully, you appreciate all that you have been given because you see things in a new light. You see beauty in the mundane. Your soul is satisfied because it partakes in your life rather than sitting on the sidelines.

Maybe you jumped out of bed this morning and jumped right to it; without even thinking about what you were doing. Turn off the auto-pilot and turn on the mindfulness. Go through your day seeing each moment for its true value.  Your soul will delight in its new eyes and will fill you with satisfaction; thereby bringing order to one facet of your chaos.

At what times are you living mindfully?  What can you do to bring that mindfulness to the rest of your life?  I love to hear from you!  Feel free to answer those questions or leave comments below!  Thank you for visiting my corner of the web!

© Tania Dakka and Chaotic Musing, 2011

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6 comments on “Mindful Living

  1. Hi… I’m working hard at it…takes lots of practice.. here’s a reminder “page” I recently made for myself…. http://pocketperspectives.wordpress.com/2011/07/18/appreciate-be-grateful/ And another one http://pocketperspectives.wordpress.com/2011/07/16/notice-appreciate/

    And I keep looking at reminders like this one… http://reflectionsfromafriend.wordpress.com/2011/07/16/716-let-them-all-go/

    • Tania Dakka says:

      It does take lots of practice, but the catch 22 is that it takes being mindful to practice being mindful. LOL Thank you for sharing your links. I like your perspective! And thank you for stopping by my web…:)

  2. Thanks for sharing. We need to remember and appreciate what is around us.

    • Tania Dakka says:

      Thank you for coming by and reading! Love your angle…traveling with laughter:). I hope to delve a little deeper tomorrow! As a side note, you sparked a flame for a different view on mindfulness…thanks! Will post on that next time:)

  3. Patti Larsen says:

    My life coach has been trying to get me to do this for a while… a four part harmonious way of living including body/mind/sprirt/emotion–she calls it a daily practice but it amounts to the same thing. I don’t do it enough. Thanks for reminding me how important that balance of doing and enjoying is.

    • Tania Dakka says:

      She is very right. To truly appreciate yourself and the great being that you are, you have to live mindfully constantly. Being mindful is a way to reduce stress and live life to the fullest, but in this, the paradox produces itself that being mindful requires being mindful. Thanks so much for stopping in to read and comment! 🙂

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