Being Mindful Matters

“Breathing in, I calm body and mind.

Breathing out, I smile.

Dwelling in the present moment I know this is the only moment.”

Thich Nhat Hanh

IMG_7440 - Version 3 (4)I can hear the chirping of the birds. Even in the depths of gray, I know Spring is not too far away. I am looking forward to the change in season and am grateful for breadth of life. My frame of mind wasn’t always this way.

A growing movement towards mindfulness is taking place. What is mindfulness? It’s an awareness with purpose and without judgement – of self, emotions, thoughts and movements. It’s a quiet gesture from your soul; a reminder to slow down, look inward, outward and enjoy the present. Carpe diem.

It is a conscious choice to enjoy the moment with pure acceptance. It’s not about being continuously happy but accepting things as they are. Welcoming positive thoughts towards self and approaching others with warmth, kindness and love are steps to mindful thinking. However, when the day is awry, it’s not the easiest thing to do.

Be careful of your thoughts, for your thoughts become your words.
Be careful of your words, for your words become your actions.
Be careful of your actions, for your actions become your habits.
Be careful of your habits, for your habits become your character.
Be careful of your character, for your character becomes your destiny.

– Chinese Proverb

I have learned that the universe is always listening. If the words chosen are negative, the universe only hears those words. So I try to remain positive, to stay present, and to believe…because it matters. Thoughts serve character. Being mindful matters. These are not new ideas but somehow I find comfort to be reminded.

Breathe in. Breathe out. Palms to your heart.

May you feel sunshine in your heart.

Smile. I believe Spring is on its way.

Be mindful. Stay present. Namaste.

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