Monday Mindfulness

Cultivating Strength, Joy, Peace & Resilience


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Just Be

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Happy is a frame of mind…Joy a state of being.


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Bread Crumbs

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Contrast arises in our experiences as a guide. Like bread crumbs scattered on the path, contrast draws attention, redirecting us back to the path, pointing out the direction in which we should head so that we can find our way back to what nurtures and restores us.


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Peeling Away the Layers

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When I am truly present, I feel each experience within my body. I receive it with my breath. I prod it with my thoughts and explore it with my feelings. Then, as I peel away these aspects of experience, these many layers of me, my inner wisdom welcomes that experience, absorbing it like a sponge, until that experience becomes me.

When the layers dissolve, all that I experience is me.


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Our Own Selves

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Can I ask “How are you?” for the sake of simply caring?

Can I learn of your pain, your mistakes, your successes, without judging?

Can I know that your different opinions, ideas, and ways of doing things are exquisite because they are you?

Can I trust that all of your decisions are yours, not good or bad, but those necessary to lead you along the path that is you?

Can I resist the urge to selfishly invade your experience just to feel more powerful from the distant shores of my perceptions?

Can I love and respect you enough to allow you to mind your own business?

Can we all just live freely and in peace to exist in the space of our own decisions, to learn and grow in our own unique ways, and just go to work at the task of being what we were made to be…our own selves?

 


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Where You Live

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Nothing that enters from the outside can define a person.  From within – from the space of the heart – comes the guidance and morality by which we live.  Your heart is where you live.


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The Dance of “Me”

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There is just one of me – one body, one mind, one world.

Yet, when I am in the left side of my mind, my world is lined up in neat little rows of describers and stories that define all of my experiences, forming memories of the past and predictions for the future, a space of story-telling, label-making, and structure.

In the right side of my mind, I am larger, brighter, made of colors, shapes, and lacking concrete boundaries.  When I step to the right, I feel free and open, joyful and full of peace.  My world is expansive, allowing, and in so many ways limitless.  In the right side of my mind, I am present and full of wonder, curiosity, and enjoyment.

I move back and forth from side to side, creating the dance that is me…but I do think I would be better off if I took a step to the right more often.