Wednesday, March 30, 2016

A poem...

My sister sent me this poem. I love it. It seems to encapsulate mindfulness somehow. When reading it I found it very calming....enjoy....

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Hokusai says

Hokusai says look carefully.
He says pay attention, notice.
He says keep looking, stay curious.
He says there is no end to seeing

He says look forward to getting old.
He says keep changing,
you just get more who you really are.
He says get stuck, accept it, repeat
yourself as long as it is interesting.

He says keep doing what you love.

He says keep praying.

He says every one of us is a child,
every one of us is ancient
every one of us has a body.
He says every one of us is frightened.
He says every one of us has to find
a way to live with fear.

He says everything is alive --
shells, buildings, people, fish,
mountains, trees, wood is alive.
Water is alive.

Everything has its own life.

Everything lives inside us.

He says live with the world inside you.

He says it doesn't matter if you draw,
or write books. It doesn't matter
if you saw wood, or catch fish.
It doesn't matter if you sit at home
and stare at the ants on your veranda
or the shadows of the trees
and grasses in your garden.
It matters that you care.

It matters that you feel.

It matters that you notice.

It matters that life lives through you.

Contentment is life living through you.
Joy is life living through you.
Satisfaction and strength
is life living through you.

He says don't be afraid.
Don't be afraid.

Love, feel, let life take you by the hand.

Let life live through you.

- Roger Keyes

Monday, March 21, 2016

Onwards...

I've come to the conclusion that when I am not going through a particularly gritty time I tend to allow my thoughts to run free and dominate ... and only when I hit a rough patch do I work hard on my mindfulness practice.

I don't think this is a particularly good strategy! Overall I enjoy life much more when I am not allowing my thoughts to dominate.

I do not have a formal meditation/mindfulness practice I have to be honest about that. I don't sit and formally do any meditations (guided or alone) ever right now.

Having said that I do thinks my informal mindfulness practice is fairly robust. I remember at least once every day (or every couple of days) to stop the mind chatter and pull myself back into the present moment. I can do this fairly easily and it is ALWAYS amazing in giving me an instant sense of calm.

In this way my life has changed dramatically since I began this mindfulness work all those months ago (when this blog started pretty much).

So maybe I'm not as useless on the mindfulness front as I thought I was when I started writing this post!

I walk the dog up the hill every week day and always use that as a good place to practice mindful walking... I make sure I really notice him and how happy he is (the dog that is), notice nature, notice the weather, feel my feet rising and falling (I often think 'lift' and 'place' as I move each foot up and down).

Overall I am still a MAJOR work in progress. But I suppose that is to be expected and might even remain that way until I die!

Onwards... as always onwards....

Love, Mrs D xxx