“Nothing is so strong as gentleness; nothing is so gentle as real strength.”
~De Sales, St. Francis (1567-1622)
I see life when I observe motion. The energy I observe creates. Bees fly and plants bloom. A child smiles and makes a better day. Life is one big motion to observe.
“Justice in the life and conduct of the state is possible only as first resides in the hearts and souls of the citizens.”
~Inscription on the Department of Justice Building, Washington, D.C.
“Observe the invincible tendency of the mind to unify. It is a law of our constitution that we should not contemplate things apart without the effort to arrange them in order with known facts and ascribe them to the same law.”
~Ralph Waldo Emerson (1836)
Thoughts resonate any day of the week, but this is a Friday thought:
“The saving of our world from pending doom will come, not through the complacent adjustment of the confirming majority, but through the creative maladjustment of a nonconfirming minority.”
~Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Strength to Love, 1963
Developing a sense of mindfulness takes patience and practice. Simply, you can start by asking yourself, “what’s on your mind?”
Checking in with your inner self, asking to your true inner soul what’s on your mind can guide you to pleasant retreats of mindfulness.
“In Asian languages, the word for ‘mind’ and the word for ‘heart’ are same. So if you’re not hearing mindfulness in some deep way as heartfulness, you’re not really understanding it. Compassion and kindness towards oneself are intrinsically woven into it. You could think of mindfulness as wise and affectionate attention.” ~Jon Kabat-Zin
Take a few minutes and practice asking yourself “what’s on your mind?” right now. Turn off telephone, television, radio, and any other device or person that could distract you and then laser the question to your inside.
Listen, hear your heart…take time to pay attention to what is resonating within you right now. What are you hearing? What do you feel as you ask yourself (in silence or out loud) what is on my mind.
Capture the feeling, store it in your recessive progressive file of memories and come back from your inner mindful state of listening slowly and peacefully.
Check in now, how do you feel? How did that exercise of inner listening cause a shift? What insight did you experience? Next, take a few more seconds to record in words your feelings and the active presence of the experience.
Mindfulness takes patience and practice. One way to sustain this new activity and soon make it your new habit is to make intentional, definite plans to clear your space and mind to start first weekly inner mindfulness check in and remember to write a brief record of your examination of feelings and insights. Then when you are ready to do this exercise daily, patiently do so. Make a point to practice mindfulness when and at whatever time is prime for you.
What’s on your mind, make the discovery by feeling what’s in your heart and soul.