“ ... You come walkin' round here
Actin' like we're somethin', ohh
Then you up and disappear
And make it real clear that we're nothin'
I've been used
Damaged by you
Yeah cuz I've been used
Guess I knew
Cuz that's what you do ... “
~ Hayden Panettiere ~ Used ~
The catch phrase used these days is “mindfulness”. With many defining it as “heart-mind”, being present and being fully aware in the moment. Mindfulness can be viewed as a holistic approach or tool that can have profound affects on your mind, behaviours, habits, health and well-being.
Yet mindfulness can and has been overused too. Some consider it a social movement, others a lifestyle trend. When mindfulness becomes something we do than the essence of what it is, fades. Rather, mindfulness is a part of emotional intelligence, empathy, compassion and kindness ... which are our natural states of being. Mindfulness is a constant not something you do once in awhile at meditation class.
And so mindfulness carries a big intention. It has been said to be “the awareness that arises through paying attention on purpose in the present moment, and non-judgementally”
My teacher explains that when practicing mindfulness, an intimately attentive frame of mind arises, where we experience relaxation and alertness, and overall equanimity. Mindfulness is not a badge of enlightenment or a successful achievement. There are no expectations or requirements. Allowing us to BE fully and give permission for others to BE them.
Being mindful, being present as we are, authentically. Giving our fully attention and awareness to the one in front of us in that moment. Selecting our words with compassion and kindness. And appreciating what life has to offer, regardless of the challenge or joy.
... its about moments. moments of being true. and being you. moments of listening to your heart. and following where it leads. moments to nurture your soul.and nourish your mind. so find your power. and stop hiding. admit your pain and fears. admit your love. and dare to live. shine your light sweet soul. all the way home ...