Mindfulness is very "IN" right now. I had training in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction back before it was so popular and am proud to be using it in my current practice. It is the best for anxiety! When we are all so stressed, messed, worried, thinking about yesterday, thinking about later today, thinking about tomorrow....AHHH just the THINKING THINKING THINKING!!! It can get pretty hectic up there in that brain! I take mindfulness in small doses. It is different than meditation in the way that you can still think while being mindful. I think of it as a user friendly version of mediation. First- let's begin by thinking like my dog. He is my mindfulness MASTER example.
Doesn't he look wise beyond his years and peacefully relaxed?
I use this picture because Barkley is doing what he does everyday to practice his mindfulness. He uses his senses, touch, sight, taste, hearing, and smell to navigate his world. (Especially when someone is cooking). Every day he finds the sunshine as it moves throughout the house, and lays in the sweet warm rays. Feeling the sensations of the peaceful present moment. He is not worried about the cat from down the street who doesn't like him. He is not worried about if he will get a walk tomorrow or not. He is IN THE MOMENT, enjoying the simple pleasures of the mindful enjoyment of the suns warmth coming down on him. AHHHH can you feel it. Yes, take a break every day and slow down to notice the way nature feels and sounds around you. Mindfulness lessons from Barkley the Mindful Master DOGO.