Before going to bed last night, I printed the materials to create the free course in Mindfulness binders for Betty Anne and I; which we 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 Betty Anne and I watched was truly excellent and inspiring!

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Food For Thought

Everyday before leaving your bed, decide you are going to be excited about life.
Choose one thing that makes you feel love or gratitude.
Whether it be cooking your favorite meal, the thought of your spouse or the smile on your chiild's face.
Feel that love and excitement fill your whole being. 
Go out into the world, sharing this light.

Betty Anne Isfeld

Affirmations

My talents are in demand, and my unique gifts are appreciated by those around me. 

Louise Hay, I Can Do It Cards

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