Before going to bed last night, I printed the materials to create the free course in Mindfulness binder; which I plan to start this Sunday.

"Mindfulness is about being fully awake in our lives. It is about perceiving the exquisite vividness of each moment..."    - Jon Kabat-Zinn

For most of us, when this happens, it's unexpected, maybe while walking on a mountain trail on a crisp autumn day, or being so focused in work or play that you are not thinking about past or future, or connecting with someone in a way that makes it seem like time is standing still. This state of being alive and whole in the present moment is always available, but it typically eludes us, especially in times of difficulty and external pressures.

"Mindfulness" is used in many contexts nowadays and there are many different understandings of the term. Diana Winston of UCLA's Mindful Awareness Research Center gives my favorite definition: Paying attention to present moment experience with open curiosity and a willingness to be with what is.

While this quotation from the course's Introduction gives a good taste of what Mindfulness is, the video I watched was truly excellent and inspiring!

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Food For Thought

Whatever you send out to others will be returned to you. This is an immutable law of the universe. if you send out anger, you'll be given more reasons to feel angry. if you send out generosity and love, these are what you'll receive in abundance. 

Jane Struthers, Attracting Abundance

Affirmations

I close my eyes, think positive thoughts, and breathe goodness in and out. 

Louise Hay, I Can Do It Cards

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