Mindfulness a stinky hoity-toity commandment? Think again.
Mindfulness doesn't mean:
> Being careful ... as if you're walking a tightrope over a tank full of sharks.
> Being hard on yourself, like a prison warder delivering crumbs to your door.
> Not having any fun ... choosing the straight and narrow over the bright and adventurous.
> Being serious ... Like a strict bespectacled librarian in a hall of books (if you ever find one coz librarians tend to be kind and personable).
> Being super vigilant, tunnel visioned. Like the fossil fuel industry striking out against science (doesn't really fit, just wanted to throw that one in).
Mindfulness DOES mean:
> Tuning in to the world around you on a regular basis. Afterall, the world is your oyster. Dig in.
> Checking in not checking out of the shop. It's a good idea to know where your head is at all times. And your wallet.
> Noticing your reactions. Like you'd notice the reactions of each contestant on reality tv. But do you notice your own?
> Putting out the welcome mat to thoughts and emotions. Cos shutting them out of the house just make them go round the side passage to break a window or come down the chimney.
> Touching base with your being. There's no cake, no pavlova, no tiramisu without the bottom layer. No apple without a core. Yep, you are in there somewhere.
Just coz words become annoying with overuse, it doesn't mean the thing is annoying too! (Dontcha reckon 'Netflix' has become a kinda annoying word too? Yet how fun.)
Shakti Burke is a mindfulness enthusiast based in northern NSW, Australia.
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