Being mindful no matter what is happening inside us and around us can sometimes be a daunting task. I just returned from an incredible week in St. John, U. S. Virgin Islands. This sweet little island is the closest to paradise that I have ever experienced. With that said, even paradise has its drawbacks. June in St. John is not for fair skinned folks like me. With the heat index, the temperatures hoverednear the 100 degree mark most days. I was aware of the oppressive heat both inside me and around me. Despite this external factor, I was still able to absorb the wonder of this jewell of an island. Snorkeling in the turquoise, clear water, I was thankful for the opportunity to enter the undersea world of colorful fish and coral. I certainly noticed the other factors that made it less than idealbut chose to focus on the goodness of my experiences. Are you able to bring mindful awareness to whatever your experiences are? Remember you too can notice the “full catastrophe” of life as you turn your attention to what takes care of you moment by moment. You can check out Mindful Moments for a sunrise picture taken from the balcony of our rental
Where is your mind right now? Without judging the findings, chances are you may have been thinking about something in the future or trying to resolve something from the past.
We are hard-wired to scan for problems and threats. Research shows that we spend about 50% of our waking hours in this state of mind called the default mode network.
There is another way though and that is with mindfulness; being present to more moments of your day without judgmentas you live them. Is this a day that you can tip the scales and be present more than 50% of the time to what is happening, as it is happening?? You may be surprised with how wonderful it feels to live more of your moments fully.