Mindful Monday–Find a Place for Contemplation

Mindful Monday

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.

Your Sacred Space

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.

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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.

How to Meditate

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.

How to Clear Your Mind

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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.

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Peace and Joy to everyone this week,

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44 comments

  1. Thanks Colleen. The idea of the dedicated space is good. I find walking works well for me but I try to engage in some form of sitting meditation at least once a day. Be well and have a great week

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  2. Thank you for the reminder. I had to take down my meditation room because our house is for sale and that room became a bedroom. However, that doesn’t mean I have to give up meditating although that’s been the result. Time to fix that today.

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  3. A very beautiful and thoughtful post, Colleen. I’ve tried meditation, but I just don’t seem to be able to clear my mind. I guess the closest I come is when I’m doing my Pilates routine. I close out everything except the exercise I am working on.

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    1. I think that is wonderful Michelle!! That is what I was looking for. Everyone has something that gives that a sacred peace. Whatever works for you is fabulous. Just the fact that you feel wonderful when doing your Pilates routine brings a smile to me. I am a student of meditation. I keep trying and learning as I go. ❤

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  4. The woman in the picture looks peaceful.

    I am the one who don’t like crossing legs like her. I always get paralysed.
    I know that I have to go beyond this feeling. 🙂

    Glad to hear to that you are of yourself while you are eating. That helps you match what you have and your body.

    Thank you for sharing this.

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  5. I don’t really have a sacred space, per se, but I do get to “that place” when I retire to an empty part of the house or yard with a guitar. It’s the time that I can be contemplative.

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        1. I think the escape is within ourselves so that can’t be a bad thing. It is part of the creating which comes after the escape. You planted a seed at that time and it will come out of you at a different time in another creation. That is so cool that you can do that. I have no musical capabilities at all, other than I love to listen to all music. 🙂

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    1. Thank you so much Melissa! I hope you got your computer fixed? I love that you look forward to my posts. That makes my day! I had a hard time branding my look, but thanks to bitstrips I found some inspiration. I really like this look too. Thanks again. ❤

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