Monday, January 5, 2015

BEING VS DOING

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Mindfulness is energy.  This energy helps us enjoy
 what is happening right now. Mindful energy can
 bring us a lot of joy.  It helps us suffer less and learn
 from our suffering.  A good way to get some mindful
 energy is to close your eyes and breathe easily.  Just pay
 attention to your breath.  If you can enjoy your in-breath 
and out-breath, you are creating mindful energy.
 
Thich Nhat Hanh
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Happy New Year everyone! 

The holidays are all over. Time to get back to the grindstone.

After a relaxing couple of weeks of gaming, hanging out with friends & family, some great meals and a visit to St. Bernard's the real task of earning a living, focusing on my graduate studies and playing taxi driver for the boys picks-up all over again.

I have not read a newspaper, taken in a newscast, or a blog since Boxing Day! 

Seriously, I have not a clue what is happening outside the confines of my little world.  Like all good things, this break had to come to an end.

Time now to catch-up on the year end lists and interviews with the party leaders, the predictions for the upcoming year and the year end On-Point Political Panel.

My New Year's resolutions rotate around my health - managing this cursed diabetes, attending to my mental health and getting more sleep.  That means more time at the gym on a consistent basis, eating three times a day and continuing to be more mindful releasing the pressure of an anxious existence.

I have been practicing mindfulness since completing months of training because it offers to bring me more productivity, better health, sanity, stronger  relationships and other improvements that can be accomplished through mindfulness practice.

The practice of mindful meditation, when practiced with commitment, is a great way to help liberate us from our reactive states of mind and emotions. It is simple to practice - follow your in breath and out breath.



I have to admit that when first introduced to mindfulness it seemed a bit kooky. Fortunately, my tentative apprehension and initial awkwardness gave way as I became a serious, regular practitioner. 

With regular meditation, taking a few moments throughout the day for a few thoughtful moments, I can emerge rested, calm, rejuvenated and balanced. 

My biggest fear was that it would become an addiction, a way to hide from the challenges and stress that 2013 and 2014 brought my way. No amount of mindfulness can erase the real world realities of underemployment and growing expenses. 

Mindfulness has become a great tool in strengthening my resolve to be more appreciative of what I do have and find the strength to weather this professional storm. It has helped me deal with the stress and the anger that often occurs when I feel helpless and not in control. By living in the moment the past and the future do not drag me down into self-defeat.

I feel so much pressure to be somewhere I am not, to have accomplished more than I have instead of accepting where I am, who I am. 

This year I will be making gratitude the focal point of my life using Living in Gratitude by Angeles Arrien. She presents a 12-month plan for making gratitude your foundation for daily living. Each month, she provides a prayer and sections on reflections, practices, and review and integration

I resolve in 2015 to be more mindful, to mine
the meanings of gratitude, a practice recommended in all the world's religions and touted in perennial wisdom.

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