I have found that being mindful encompasses the act of being watchful, aware, wary, heedful, alert, careful, or attentive, in whatever area in my life I feel it applies to. Each week I try to self discover new things about myself. This week, I thought I would address more on finding time for contemplation. This does not mean only meditation (although I hope you will all try it). Finding the time to sit quietly and reflect on the day is a powerful tool in our self awareness journey.
Sometimes I just sit and let my mind wander. It seems to open me up for new thoughts and inspirations. I love being retired and one of the perks seems to be time. I now have the time to listen to me and my needs. This is a hard feat to accomplish with a family and children, I know. Somehow, try to find time for yourself. You will be glad that you did.
Many times I go into my living room and light candles and incense. I practice my meditation at that time. I do have a spiritual space setup for Buddha. I have silk flowers from each of my five grandchildren on each side of Buddha. The cabinet below, holds photos of deceased relatives (mainly our parents) who I like to show respect by placing them near my sacred space.
However, I do not want you to think that you must have a designated place for contemplation. That is not so, and you do not need to be Buddhist to meditate. Many days I do some of my best thinking while I am walking in the morning. The whole idea is to find a place and time to dedicate to just yourself. A warm bath works just as well as a sacred space all your own. The point is that the place does not matter. Find what works for you and just sit there. Try to have no thoughts and clear your mind.
Mindful Magazine shares an excellent info-graphic on a way to meditate.
The reason I created a sacred space in my home was to have a reminder of my intent to learn how to become still and mindful. I am influenced by my surroundings. My living room is in the middle of the house, so it works to remind me that I need to take the time to breathe, clear my mind, and listen to “the nothingness.” Make your sacred space a place of quiet and solitude.
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I have continued to practice mindful eating and the results are extraordinary. I am losing weight and finding that I can recognize when I am full now because I am paying attention to my body. Sounds simple right? That is the whole idea with mindfulness. The more you pay attention to, the more you understand about yourself.
Do you have a sacred space that renews you? What are your mindful goals for this week?
Remember, this is not a challenge. This is an offering of support. If you would like to join in with your own Mindful Monday goals you can do so in the comments, or on a separate post of your own making. If you want to link back to my post, please feel free to do so however, it is not necessary. My main objective here is to give and get support to become more mindful of the things I take for granted in life.
Peace and Joy to everyone this week,