Hello Spiritual Warrior, do you want to know how to be more mindful? Start by asking this 1 question right now.
The moment one gives close attention to any thing, even a blade of grass, it becomes a mysterious, awesome, indescribably magnificent world in itself. — Henry Miller
Whatever you focus your attention on becomes “the object of your attention.” This is the first realization in learning how to be more mindful.
This could be as simple as staring at a TV screen, reading this blog, or watching the video above. And it can include broad categories such as family issues, health concerns, matters of the heart, business challenges, financial issues, even our spiritual practice. In fact, this is the key to mindfulness and meditation – where your attention goes, energy flows!
Where is your focus, right now? Are you fully present with this blog, or are you thinking about your to-do list, work worries, health concerns, or something else?
In every style of meditation, there is an object of your attention too. We watch our breath, gaze at something, ask a question, or silently repeat a sacred word, mantra, or vibration. When we notice we’ve drifted away to thoughts, sounds, or physical sensations, we simply drift back.
Plainly put, how to be more mindful is about cultivating your ability to gently drift back to that object of our attention regardless of the waterfall of thoughts that may cascade down upon you. And as we continuously cultivate this skill, ultimately, our full attention more easily arrives at the present moment and in that moment, all other activity vanishes. In the present moment, you have real choice making abilities – you can decide how you want to show up.
Following your breath in and out is an easy “object of your attention.” As is asking sacred questions as a form of pattern interrupt as described in this week’s video.
The key to attention rests in the here and now. Because in the present moment, everything is fresh, rich, larger than life, and most important — actionable. The past contains only memories, and there’s nothing we can really do about them. We can’t go back in time and change the words we said or the action we took.
The past is carved in stone, and that’s why beating ourselves up over what’s already been done makes no sense. We can’t unring the bell. But we can take steps in the present moment to carve new stones and make a better choice! This is why knowing how to be more mindful is so crucial to your growth!
The future has yet to unfold. It’s a projection, a dream that may or may not come true. And that’s why fearing what we believe might happen is also a waste of time and energy. Most often, what we fear is usually far worse than what actually unfolds.
So we have a choice in every given moment about where we want to place our attention: the past, the present, or the future.
And if we are looking to shift our life from where we are to where we’d like to be, it seems like folly to be anywhere but in that sacred, precious present moment since that is only moment we can actually influence.
So here you are in this sacred, precious, present moment… what will you do with it?
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Namaste. -davidji & Peaches the Buddha Princess
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