Mindfulness is a practice of finding treasures in all life.
Lets be realistic for a second and agree that in general, no matter who you are, what you do or where you do it, life can be quite unpredictable and full of its interesting situations.
Mindfulness enables us space for presence in this roller coaster of experience. To acknowledge our feelings, be responsible for them, and take compassionate action in the moment to continue living our highest truth.
Over the years and connections and lessons and learning I’ve come to see how much the little things play such a tremendous impact on the big picture.
A dear and well respected friend once said to me “Your yoga classes are steeped in mindfulness. It’s just who you are.”
A piece of feedback that imposed a radiant whole body shine on an inhale, My over thinking is often just an under sharing.
On that note like a sweet herbal tea, I’ll soak out some added flavour by offering more of my own current journey into this exploration of ever-changing life on a rock flying through infinite space and time.
Lately I have been exploring the practice of staying close to the source.
Mindfully living there are many ways you can look at this, likely far more than what I describe below so be free in your exploration and honour what rings true by coming to the surface for you.
Stay close to the source in your food.
You can taste the difference between a carrot fresh from the dirt, And a carrot that has gone through a process to preserve its life, shelved in plastic packaging.
Keeping your food close to the source helps to eliminate all the steps disconnecting you and the earth.
- Tune into the cycles in your area.
- Buy local, seasonal items when you can – they naturally come with less or no packaging, and no added mystery ingredients.
- When going to the supermarket choose items with fewer ingredients as often as possible.
Keep it simple and remember everything good that’s ever been said about eating your vegetables, it’s all true.
Stay close to the source in your body.
- Lift Heavy weights.
- Make the sexy time.
- Do a Savasana Relaxation practice
Whatever tunes you happily into breath and body – do more of that – and every single day.
BONUS points for taking this bliss activity of yours into nature.
Considering nature is the source of all sources to ever be sourced – Make time in nature a priority until it is part of the routine.
- Swap out the car to hike, bike, or walk the commute to work.
- Bring a blanket to the park and lay on your back breathing at the sky for 10 mins.
- If you are battling the busy body and busy mind, step out of the fight, take a seat, find your breath, feel the floor. Simply.
- Take a slow motion walk around the block.
- Nature cleanse when you need to – Sometimes we become so saturated with the city vibration that a recalibration is essential. Cleanse your eyes from screens and machines, get out of the city sounds, off of the pavement, off your devices, and get into the woods, the water, the wind, the tall grass, the sunset, the crispy fall leaves, the barefoot feelings.
A short time can have longterm power for presence and focus. Even taking a moment of appreciation for the birds in the sky gives the mind an opportunity to focus on a natural flow.
Invite many moments to come back to the source today and this week – let me know how your practice goes!
Practicing a committed time set-aside is wonderful and so is the practice of integration, refinement in the moment, release of the old reaction, presence in the only time that matters, Now.
Presence is the source of all power, enjoy your connections!