Mindfulness is absolutely vital to any sustainable and healthy change. More than ever, we are seeing the importance of the body and mind connection. Businesses, schools, churches and the diet and health industry are desperately trying to do the same thing that they have done for decades and fit mindfulness into a neat and marketable program. But mindfulness is not a program and there are no mindfulness formulas that you can just do. At the same time, mindfulness is not a result.
So, what is mindfulness? According to the great Ellen Langer… “Mindfulness is the process of actively noticing new things, relinquishing preconceived mindsets, and then acting on the new observations.”- Ellen Langer
Mindfulness is daily listening, asking, looking, moving, learning and living. Mindfulness is exercising our senses to experience our daily life. Mindfulness happens when we are willing to be honest about the mindless choices that we are making each day and when we are willing to look up from our mindless and comfortably boring consuming. Mindfulness is using our eyes, ears, noses, mouths, hands to see, smell, taste, hear and touch life.
I spent years with my head down, just doing it. Doing my job, taking care of my kids, going to the gym, going to church, eating to be lean and staying in my mindless loops that did not require my own thoughts, imagination, feelings or senses. I can distinctly remember when I was forced out of my life and I went on a vacation; and I noticed the sky.
Years and years of my life had gone as I was just doing it and grinding it out, and I hadn’t looked up to really notice the sky. That’s insane. When I finally saw the sky, it was so beautiful that I couldn’t stop looking at it. From this point on, something in me changed. Not everything immediately, but little by little my spirit, heart, mind and body started to wake up and I begin to be set free from just doing it; and I started to learn how to just be me.