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Funnily, after I catch myself judging other people, once again, ha ha and realizing how seriously I am taking myself, once again, instead of, observing from the eagle’s perch. Actors in a play, indeed. But that’s what we came for, didn’t we, having a physical experience….
When I slow down and stop I tend to become present. I also have a mindfulness bell that goes off every 15 minutes from the Plum Village app.
Focusing on my body, especially my breathing.
One time after having an argument with my husband, I was still angry when I went outside to read (and fume!). Shortly after I sat down, I noticed a bird nearby, chirping and singing. In that moment, I imagined that was God telling me to lighten up, to be in this beautiful moment, to forgive and move on. So now whenever I hear a bird singing, I stop, acknowledge the presence of God, give thanks and move into the present moment.
Listening and identifying the sounds happening around me.
Sharing life with my loving, loyal, faithful children with fur and all the magic in nature. There is so much beauty that surrounds us in the simple things that one need not purchase for peaceful happiness. Plus the beauty of watching plants, trees growing from the earth from the seed that came before them. I love this heavenly peace and am grateful for the simple things and blessings that surround me.
When a driver cuts in front of me and I catch myself making a negative assumption about why the person has done so…..and it usually not a good reason! In that moment when I can catch myself in that reactive mode…and I “see” it and can create another story ending as to why….that is kinder than the original one I reacted to…I am brought back to the present. The feelings inside of me are powerfully strong….that I can see things differently…..and in a more loving and compassionate way.
remembering to be mindful, listen to what is going on in my mind, body and voice
And now taking in the reflections that were posted
What helps me to remember to be present in the moment – I will do my best to remember the Kindness.🙏 Hope everyone of you who share here has a good and refreshing sleep tonight.
When I catch myself re-telling/re-living
a past or future story in my head
and I can feel the tension and anxiety
in my body, I know it’s good time
to remind myself, that right now,
in this moment, I’m okay. I’m safe.
I have what I need (and more).
And to look around and notice the
beauty of something/anything.
There are no rules for something so gentle as a heart. All too often, thinking seems to act as a defense mechanism, a way of avoiding insight, a way of not looking as what really is. My trouble has been too much analysis of life instead of living it. There is a precision around living now that needs to let go of all the analysis and stories.
‘There are no rules for something so gentle as a heart’ – love this, what a perfect statement:)
What helps me is listening to calming Celtic music. I love to listen to Enya on Pandora which gives me a nice mix. I love to hear the
celtic instruments. Helps calm my mind back to the present moment.
By stopping – slowing down that’s what helps me
Really and truly looking, seeing, observing, paying attention to what is in front of me. Easiest when I’m outdoors, or when in a space with beautiful things like an art gallery, but always available.
I wake up and notice if I’m day dreaming. What is my mind getting up to? I notice and I let go of the story lines. That’s all they are are pictures and storylines about me.
Are those pictures and memories real ? No they are not! No one else has them right ? Just me so the Truth is beyond these thoughts, stories, pictures etc. when I let all of it go I am free of this. What a relief!
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