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Mindfulness:

Updated: Mar 15

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My childhood faith tradition spoke negatively of all things that were not understood while not spending anytime to understanding them better. Mindfulness was one of these things.

So before you run, mindfulness is at its root just a focused intention to be aware of our being without the force of any doing. It, for me, allows a space to see the many things to be grateful for and the many things that really are not worthy of my time.


Mindfulness is the ability to be fully present in the now, aware of where we are and what we’re doing, or observing ourselves, and not being overly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s going on around or inside of us. It is just heightening awareness of our being while reducing our doing.

After decades of poor functioning with generalized anxiety disorder, poor self esteem, and eventually the onset of agoraphobia, mindfulness saved my life. At first, it induced childhood anxiety implanted by those without understanding or desire to understand the purpose of the practice. A research of all ancient traditions of faith find roots in the practice. As is often the case, knowledge is the power that transforms lives and sometimes, as in my case, saves them.


 

8 Facts About Mindfulness:

from Mindful 08 JUL 2020
  1. Mindfulness is not obscure or exotic. It’s familiar to us because it’s what we already do, how we already are. It takes many shapes and goes by many names.

  2. Mindfulness is not a special added thing we do. We already have the capacity to be present, and it doesn’t require us to change who we are. But we can cultivate these innate qualities with simple practices that are scientifically demonstrated to benefit ourselves, our loved ones, our friends and neighbors, the people we work with, and the institutions and organizations we take part in

  3. You don’t need to change. Solutions that ask us to change who we are or become something we’re not have failed us over and over again. Mindfulness recognizes and cultivates the best of who we are as human beings.

  4. Mindfulness has the potential to become a transformative social phenomenon. Here’s why:

  5. Anyone can do it. Mindfulness practice cultivates universal human qualities and does not require anyone to change their beliefs. Everyone can benefit and it’s easy to learn.

  6. It’s a way of living. Mindfulness is more than just a practice. It brings awareness and caring into everything we do—and it cuts down needless stress. Even a little makes our lives better.

  7. It’s evidence-based. We don’t have to take mindfulness on faith. Both science and experience demonstrate its positive benefits for our health, happiness, work, and relationships.

  8. It sparks innovation. As we deal with our world’s increasing complexity and uncertainty, mindfulness can lead us to effective, resilient, low-cost responses to seemingly intransigent problems.

 

So, for those of you who are from faith traditions, or no tradition, and shun or overlook the bounties of mindfulness, this post is for your consideration and as always, never give up on Passionately Living Out Our Faith!

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