A Challenge: Live in the Moment – 12 Ideas that Really Work.

“Life is a journey, not a destination.”   ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Mindfulness means maintaining a moment-by-moment awareness of our thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, and surrounding environment.

It seems lately that we are bombarded with mindfulness advice, it plasters our Facebook, blog and twitter newsfeeds.  We hear about all the wonderful health benefits that is derived from this practice.  We philoshize, discuss and contemplate.  We nod our heads in agreement at the wisdom of the teachings and how the critical state of our world needs mindfulness.

But do we go beyond intellectualizing, are we practicing mindfulness?

I’ve asked myself this question and if I’m honest I was startled to discover many loop holes in my practice.  So I have decided to take action.

I have presented myself with a challenge. 

Over the next year I am going to practice living in the moment, not just talk about being present, I’m going to live it.  Once a month I am going to engage in an experience to bring me into the present moment.  This experience will be something that I might have said, “I’m going to do that one day” but then my mind usually talks me out of it.  I’m going to write a short post each month for one year about these experiences.

No money is required, nothing other than imagination and impulsiveness.  My goal is to try to regain a childlike, playful zest for life and in doing so form valuable habits of appreciating the moment.

I invite whoever is reading to join along, challenge yourself.  I’m excited, I think this is going to be a lot of fun.

Living in the Moment Archive (12 fun experiences)

July – Swim to Freedom

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Inspiring Talk on Modern Buddhism – Next time my car breaks down i’ll think of this and smile

This is a small clip from a very moving talk by Gen La Dekyong (the general spiritual director of the New Kadampa Tradition). I was fortunate to attend one of these talks when she passed through Canada.

Notice the simple wisdom with which she teaches; she is radiating with peace and wisdom. Buddhist concepts can help everyone, no matter what your turmoil is, it can give you the tools to find clarity and peace.

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10 Easy Ways to Save Money – Without Getting a Raise

“To many people spend money they earned, to buy things they don’t want, to impress people that they don’t like.” ~ Will Rogers

I’m a firm believer that money can’t buy happiness, but it can buy comfort. When basic needs are satisfied: food, shelter, warmth and clothing; that’s where our obsession with money should end. Having said that let me continue:

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Life is Full of Uncertainty

Once a month it is my goal to share a fellow blogger’s post from around the word press community.  These posts will be articles that I personally found exceptional and meaningful with words that stuck with me long after reading.  This month I would like to share this incredibly moving article packed with wisdom and compassion.  Enjoy!