“The best way to capture moments is to pay attention. This is how we cultivate mindfulness. Mindfulness means being awake. It means knowing what you are doing.” ~Jon Kabat-Zinn
“Mindfulness isn’t difficult, we just need to remember to do it.”
~Sharon Salzberg –
“In today’s rush, we all think too much — seek too much — want too much — and forget about the joy of just being.”
I’m getting ready to teach a Mindfulness Workshop with my good friend Tricia Gast. (It’s not too late to join us…see below!)
Mindfulness is being in the moment, being aware, without judgment. All worries and distractions seem to fall away when you practice mindfulness.
This is the simplicity of mindfulness. You are fully present in the now. You are engaged in whatever you are doing. You are no longer dwelling in the past or worrying about the future. Mindfulness ends suffering, because the present moment is perfect.
Yet, while simple, it is often difficult to practice.
The practice of mindfulness is often through meditation and breathing. I like to practice mindfulness in nature, through photography. Mindfulness will make you a more contented, centered, and joyful person in your busy daily life.
While putting our curriculum together, we came across some of my favorite mindfulness videos and thought I’d share them with you.
1. In this short, five minute video, Jon Kabat-Zinn answers the question “What is mindfulness?” and discusses the hard work and rewards of practicing mindfulness.
2. Andy Puddicombe asks “When is the last time you did absolutely nothing for 10 whole minutes?” No texting, talking or even thinking? Refresh your mind for 10 minutes a day, simply by being mindful and experiencing the present moment.
3. Learn how to apply mindfulness in your day-to-day life, outside of meditation, to raise your self-control.
4. A wonderful 10-minute clip from the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine which provides an overview of the science behind Mindfulness.
5. Now try some meditation yourself. Give yourself fully to the moment.