Mindfulness in our lives
Sunday, October 29, 2017
I guess I was fortunate to have attended high school during an era when a lot was changing and fortunate enough to have a principal who tried to adapt. Rather than routine religious rites, she introduced us to Yoga, Meditation, Silva Mind Control.
In particular, I remember one religious retreat focused on Mindfulness. We did 'exercises' where we paused while enjoying a meal to be mindful of its source, those who had prepared it, being in touch with the earth. We were mindful just sitting with each other -- it helped us be more accepting of each other.
It was easy to be mindful and then it seemed really hard. Children, job stressors all seemed more important than just taking the time to be mindful. Mindfulness resurfaced during chemo; I had the time to sit and be at peace during my weekly 4 hour chemo drips. That experience changed me and I became more mindful with my children.
As I age, I've become more mindful. I enjoy the process of cooking more -- it's not a chore to sustain a family -- it's purposeful meditation on the aromas, the beauty of food, the wonders of 10 veggies and broth turning into something sustaining me.
I travel more and take far fewer pictures. At my age, I know I will rarely return to look at them. But my memories are there in full color. I know my pictures will never capture the breathless feeling of seeing the Grand Canyon. I've become more mindful and enjoying the entire process. The airport with people -- noticing the distress of a counter person -- watching families -- are all more important to me than stressing over getting in line first.
Mindfulness during a fitness routine helps me relax into the routine and enjoy it more. A hike becomes like a visit to an art museum -- feeding my soul while my muscles sing their gratitude.
Mindfulness helps me select healthier food options, but I wish it would help more with my ice cream addiction. Healthier food looks better, smells better and tastes better.
Mindfulness assists me through those times when I lose the ability to be mindful. I know it will return and help me with the situation/healness. I will be able again the see the beauty of discipline.