“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)
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