“Experience is not what happens to you; it is what you do with what happens to you.” Aldous Huxley
Well, another week of busy-ness has ended. It’s been full of work, play, sports, school, errands, friends, and never-ending yard or housework! Was there a time after you made a decision or took action that you felt a sense of contentment, satisfaction or internal calm? If yes, excellent. This is an indication that you are in touch with your authentic self. You mindfully choose what is best for the current situation and everyone concerned.
If you say no to that question when presented with a challenge, consider recognizing this as an opportunity to change your course of past behaviors that don’t seem to bring you peace and happiness today. The most common trigger is a situation that you feel tension, anger, fear, frustration, or a sense of hopelessness arise. Really, this is your authentic self saying to you, “This course of action no longer works for me and I’d like to pursue a new path.” Or you can go on autopilot and go with old routines or behaviors, even though they appear to be ineffective!
This next coming week, we’ll begin discussing how Harvard scientists define mindfulness and the mind-body connection. We’ll consider how to incorporate breath and body awareness into our daily routine to strengthen our mindfulness.
Keep it simple,