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  • Mindfulness for your mind!

    March 23, 2015
  • In Asian languages, the word for 'mind' and the word for 'heart' are the same. So if you're not hearing mindfulness in some deep way as heartfulness, you're not really understanding it. Compassion and kindness towards oneself are intrinsically woven into it. You could think of mindfulness as wise and affectionate attention. ~ Jon Kabat-Zinn

    We think an average of 60,000 thoughts each day! Most of those are seldom new. We tend to rehash events and conversations. Many times, we attach to these thoughts and our emotions kick in causing physical sensations.

    Do you tend to have positive thoughts or negative thoughts? Are they thoughts of things that happened in the past or might in the future? Are they thoughts of gratitude? Are they thoughts of love?

    How mindful are you of your thoughts?

    Using mindfulness to become aware of your thoughts is the first step to understanding your beliefs. Your beliefs produce the thoughts that become actions that produce the results you perceive as your life experience.

    This week, use mindfulness and become aware of your thoughts and thought patterns. Again, mindfulness is being aware without judgment. You are simply observing. Noticing your thoughts.

    Try seeing them as clouds passing overhead. Notice they are there and then they move on. Another takes its place.

    Now try observing your mind in this moment. What happens when you just wait for the next thought to happen?

    Train Your Mind / Mindfulness Practice