One of the things I enjoy about mindfulness is that is balances my body/mind connection. Mindfulness has provided my life calmness, peacefulness, and happiness. I enjoy practicing various mindfulness meditations and applying the benefits to different moments throughout my day.
Now that we are approaching the summer months with warmer weather, I find myself doing less of a formal sit down or body scan meditation. However, I am doing more moving meditations (Hatha Yoga) and taking a lot of mindful walks. I notice my body/mind connection and the environment with a heightened awareness of my surroundings.
When I was first introduced to mindfulness, I felt as though I was only truly “being” during my meditations. Over the past nine months, my cultivation of mindfulness has evolved into a lifestyle. It allows me to live with honesty, integrity, dignity, and respect for myself and for others.I read the following quote by Louis L’Amour for the first time the other day. This was a true reality in my life not so long ago:
“Few of us ever live in the present. We are forever anticipating what is to come or remembering what has gone.”
My curiosity for mindfulness started after I was involved in an unfortunate car accident that left me unable to walk for about four months. Prior to and after the accident, I had been introduced to Qi-Gong through my sister. When doing some research on Qi-Gong, I came across many articles on mindfulness. I started integrating simple breathing meditations each morning along with some of the healing sounds my sister had taught me. It truly helped change my mindset from a negative to a positive. About a year after the accident, I had my second child and life got busy and I took a left turn off of my mindfulness journey. It wasn’t until several years later, last fall, that I was re-introduced to mindfulness through a mindful leadership class through the MBA program at the University of Nevada Reno. I am so thankful that this time around, it has become part of my pulse.
Now that I have shared a little bit about how mindfulness aligned into my life, I would like to hear how mindfulness was introduced into your daily life. Also, what type of mindfulness practices do you utilize? What changes or benefits have taken place?
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