“Question your life and, should you desire, to find the courage to erase the lines that imprison you and to reimagine a better you,” writes singer Jewel in her book Picking Up the Pieces. “Be the architect of your dreams.”
“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.
Kiss your indecision goodbye. Kiss your complaints or conflict goodbye. Kiss fault lines goodbye. From now on, all you have to do is KISS life.
KISS – a simple formula to navigate life.
Keep your words and intention short and sweet, meaning live from your empathetic heart. Instead of talking to someone in a raging diatribe, KISS it. Say what you mean simply but absent venom. Managing any relationship can present challenges, but the sweetness of life offers the opportunity to regulate emotions and re-assign fault.
When you KISS a decision, it lifts you beyond the messiness of constant quandary. Think about the choices you have when posed with a personal challenge and then think short and sweet of the outcomes after which it is time to make a decision.
Japanese use the term arugamama to describe a sense of acceptance. KISS is your arugamama – you accept what you need to confront and then use simple, sweet active steps to live whole.
You are whole, now KISS life.
Questions energize the mind. Questions activate life. You live expectantly when you engage your mind and life by asking questions. The more you ask questions, the more you expand your truth.
Inquisitive minds want to know. Think, ask questions so that you review what you have learned and also broaden your exposure to what you have yet to know.
“I am always looking and I am always asking” ~Anne Rice
What’s your question? Ask, discover, probe, inquire.
One of the pivotal basics of life is to question. Be unafraid to pause to think about what you accept as fact. Challenge assumptions, require more informed answers. Think beyond the status quo, ask about new solutions.
No question is unanswerable. All questions should prompt new questions. Live your life with a question mark in your mind. This is not to be a doubter or arrogant, questions invigorate thinking. See things differently and then live with that different perspective until it’s time to question even that. Grow your mind, a more intriguing life will follow.
Og Mandino is a prober, he says “Never be too big to ask questions. Never know too much to learn something new.”
Ask, look, probe…make your life a million questions.
Now, what’s your question?
Own 2018, it is your year to be in your power. Take the challenge to craft direct and definite changes in your life that adds to your strengths and already present power. Female or male, you are powerful, lead the way to a mindful gathering of day-by-day simple change that cumulatively will add memory muscle to the incredible, divine YOU!
2018 is your year to …
- complete a project
- learn new information
- make a significant pledge to yourself
- modify your character
- explore, discover, define (you choose what)
The potentialities in 2018 for you are limitless. The only requirement is that you are specifically particular about what is important (life changing) to you. Make it simple and doable.
For example, you may chose to be less judgmental. Great! Here is a process: Gabrielle Bernstein, author of the new book, Judgment Detox: Release the Beliefs That Hold You Back from Living a Better Life, outlines a six-step process ( step 1 is outlined below) to help you minimize debilitating resentment and fear that is rooted in judgment.
Step 1 you’ll get intimate with your inner judgment which will stall your progress, identify the triggers underneath it, and get honest about how it makes you feel. This authentic audit of your behavior is a necessary first step. Without it, excuses, fear, or procrastination will set in and impede your movement to the next phase of your power growth in 2018.
Simple: be honest, that’s the primary pivotal first step for whatever change you will make in 2018. You definitely have the POWER to live your healthiest, happiest, most authentic life. Be honest about what it takes for you to live and imprint healthier habits and behaviors that create lasting change.
You are powerful enough to live your healthiest, happiest, most authentic life. Embrace and tap into healthier habits and behaviors that create lasting change not only for 2018 but for longevity.
it’s your year.