Food for Thought / Health

Practice Mindfulness

Mindfulness can be described as an intentional focus of one’s attention on the emotions, thoughts, and sensations occurring at the present moment.

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For anyone who practices yoga or meditation, mindfulness is an essential component.

Lately, I’ve been trying to integrate mindfulness into other aspects of my life outside of yoga – such as listening closely when someone is speaking, tasting the flavors of a meal, smelling the fresh new scents of the autumn season, and enjoying every moment instead of thinking about the past or anticipating the future.

Like so many others, I have a tendency to pack my schedule too full.  It often feels as if work consumes my life.  With the little spare time I have during the week, I fill it with family and friends, cooking, exercise, and hobbies {not to mention errands and house chores}.

Practicing mindfulness sometimes requires stillness.  Or peace of mind.  Or being by yourself.  Things that many of us forget to build into our busy schedules.

This morning, however, I went on a beautiful mindful walk – by myself.  And if felt wonderful.  I took my camera and was thrilled at what I saw, smelled, and heard.  This misty morning, the birds were chirping, the dew was clinging to the leaves, the fall colors were changing, and the spiders were weaving their webs hoping to catch breakfast.

I plan to practice mindfulness more often and I’d encourage you to do the same.

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