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AWARENESS

 Bring your attention to the present moment.  When you see yourself clearly, you have the freedom to change.

Mindfulness is awareness of the present moment without judgment. Living mindfully allows you to stay in the present without getting lost in worry about the future or regret about the past. When you’re aware of the present moment, you have the power to respond rather than react and can cope more effectively with difficult thoughts or feelings.

Mindfulness is a practice that allows you to relate more skillfully you’re difficult sensations, feelings, and thoughts without becoming overwhelmed. Once you learn the skills to cope, you become free to stop turning away from your experience and trying to escape the present moment, and you are free to live your full potential.

When we pause from the busyness, when we stop, it actually gives us a chanceto come home to our hearts again. — Tara Brach, author of Radical Acceptance

When you quiet your mind and turn toward your present moment experience, you can begin to shed the layers of protectiveness that you’ve developed from past hurts and begin to open your heart. You can begin to open your heart to whatever arises and trust that you are ok no matter what happens in your internal or external experience. With access to this sense of internal refuge, you are free to experience a greater sense of connection and belonging, and you become capable of cultivating loving-kindness and compassion toward yourself and others. This facilitates a deepening sense of peace, ease, and well-being.

 Mindfulness is basically just a particular way of paying attention.
It is a way of looking deeply into oneself in the spirit of self-inquiry
and self-understanding. – Jon Kabat-Zinn

As you develop loving-kindness and compassion, you begin to understand that we are all interconnected and that your well-being depends upon the well-being of the natural world, and the natural world”s well-being depends upon your well-being. As you grow in your understanding of this interrelated ecology of all living things, you grow more committed to nurturing wellness in yourself, others, and the natural world.

Do you pay regular visits to yourself? –Rumi

Read about Mindfulness Training with Jen