Mindfulness is a word that we hear a lot and while I love the idea, I struggle to stay connected to the present moment... often. Whether is picking up my phone or thinking of all the things I need to tick off my to-do list, I find it difficult to stay truly, 100% connected to the here and now.
“Mindfulness is paying attention, on purpose, in the present, and non-judgmentally, to the unfolding of experience moment by moment."
- Jon Kabat-Zinn.
Since I can remember, I’ve always been passionate about personal growth. I’m often listening, reading or studying a leader or expert in an array of different fields. Recently I noticed that when all is said and done, these “greats” usually express the same principals and rituals, just using their own voice. The biggest one being that love always wins and somewhere on the list, in its own terms... “the answers are among the silence”. The times where you are wide open and accepting.
I’ve been able to experience this a few times in my life. I can remember vividly the “random” moments that I found answers to my worries or problems. Even now I can look back and remember what I was wearing, what room I was in and the way I felt. The memories of these “ah-ha” moments are so specific that I feel, with my whole heart, it was an act of divine intervention (I actually picture my divine source rolling their eyes and yelling out the answers to me because I was just too disconnected to see it).
It seems that the older I get, the more disconnected to these feelings of openness I am. Mindfulness, presence, purpose, whatever you want to call it, should be a HUGE part of everyones lives, especially if they want to be living a life they are proud of. This concept seems so easy yet I’ve never been able to stick to it.
This year I am committing to meditating every. single. day. (and journalling right after). I crave to know myself, my true-self and I know the answers are there. I just have to open up and allow them to come into my life.
So who is with me? Who wants to commit 10 minutes a day to listening to their breath or watching a tree in the wind. Lets learn to nurture trust, to let go of the things that no longer serve us and to allow for the truly important things to show up and, what I know for sure, the answers are there, in the silence.