When we train ourselves to get out of our heads and be more present in “real time” we feel more alive, enjoy more satisfaction, contentment, richness of life and connect to others more easily and authentically.
Spoilt for choice: Mullumbimby Music Festival, N.S.W., Australia.
Always on the hunt for The Next Best Thing …. that’s Red zone.
Restless, craving: red zone.
It’s one of those mornings. The not so good ones. I stumble into the kitchen in a fog of zombiness: I haven't slept well (blame it on good ol’ menopause).
Consequently the usual junk in my head is a little louder than it needs to be.
Okay, a lot louder.
As we update to the latest iPhone (well, some of us) it's sobering to note that our own inbuilt hardware, namely the nervous system, is some millions of years old.
And badly in need of an upgrade.
The brain craves novelty
When we’re not getting it
during mundane repetitive everyday tasks
(cleaning up, driving, getting dressed, making school lunches)
We tune out
Mind goes on screen saver ... into a world of its own.
And this is where the trouble begins.
Holy Dooley: i get a write-up in the current Australian Yoga Journal
issue on Mindfulness!
And contribute six mindfulness tips.
Here they are:
Savouring is the magical ingredient for sustaining a joyful mind.
Much of the time we don’t pay much attention to life’s ordinary little joys. They slip by unnoticed. Savouring brings a mindful awareness to our daily experience, meeting it in a new way and inviting it to deeply affect us.
Body, breath and senses, the reliable three anchors of Mindfulness, provide a safe haven when we’re blown about by the wind of mindlessness.
Zen Student: “Master, when troubles come, how should we greet them?”
Zen Master: “Welcome”.
What? Put out the welcome mat for unwanted feelings and emotions? What a crazy idea! But seeing that it originates from Zen, a famous wisdom tradition, it might be worth a squiz.