“Ultimately I see mindfulness as a love affair – with life, with reality and imagination, with the beauty of your own being, with your heart and body and mind, and with the world.”

– Jon Kabat Zinn

Mindful living

What an inspiring way to describe mindfulness. Life is beautiful.

In the beginning it takes practice, and yes, some discipline to bring mindful awareness to our thoughts and feelings. ย  Many of us will choose to sit in meditation as a daily practice, and focus on our breath. This takes time and willpower. Which is also part of the mindful practice.

Yet, ultimately, it isn’t about the place we are practicing in, or what we want to gain from meditation. Its about opening ourselves up to being aware of every aspect of our life. Our actions, thoughts, beliefs, speech. Our body and breath. Our attitudes and how we relate to others.

Connecting to the world around us and within us.

It becomes a love affair with the world and our being-ness.

Namaste

 

87 comments on “Inspiration – Mindfulness

  1. Lovely perspective, Val.

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  2. Lovely reminder of what we are ALL capable of BE-coming. Great start to the day! ๐Ÿ’•

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  3. I love this, Val.

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  4. This is wonderful, Val.

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  5. I love this!

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  6. I am sometimes baffled by the challenges of mindfulness, for there are many unconscious people. But the more I practice it, the more I embrace it, for no matter what is swirling around me, there is always that pulse of love. It really is a love affair. Great post, Val.

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    • Thank you Jet for this thoughtful comment. ๐Ÿ’› There seems to be such a gap between acknowledging what mindfulness is, and then taking time to be with it, and to be curious about whatever comes up in this awareness. Ignorance and distraction is more comfortable to many. ๐Ÿ’›

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  7. And to you, Namaste

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  8. Beautiful! Thank you,

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  9. A lovely reminder to just BE. Thank you for sharing!

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  10. Here’s to being fully present in our lives.

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  11. A great (and accurate) quote. โค

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  12. I HEARTily agree Val! โ™ฅ

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  13. Hi Val! I always look forward to your posts. Thank you for that lovely reminder. The first book I ever picked up on mindfulness was “Full Catastrophe Living” by Zinn…I believe he’s one of the best on this topic!

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  14. My favorite affair ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป๐Ÿ’š

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  15. yogafrue

    Very nice written – love it! โค

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  16. being-ness. Big word.

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  17. Love your description of it as being a Love affair ๐Ÿ™‚ for it is exactly that.. ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’– Beautiful words as ever dear Val Enjoy your wonderful Day

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  18. excellent!!! โค btw, we've known Jon Kabat Zinn for years and we do follow his "classes"… ๐Ÿ™‚

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  19. What a love affair! Wonderful reminder of mindfulness โค

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  20. What is the greatest change that manifested in your life since the day you began meditating?

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  21. When I began meditating my fear and anxiousness began to fall away. This created new strength for me to be myself around anyone and everyone! This is only one of many changes though so I guess a better question is what doesn’t change when you start meditating ๐Ÿ˜…

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  22. ๐Ÿ˜€ โค

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  23. I often find that my mindfulness occurs in other places now and I think you are right it is about being aware of every aspect of our lives.

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  24. Can’t live without it …

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  25. gumersindo

    !

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  26. I haven’t been awake long.. and this was a very uplifting way to begin the day! I’m wanting to find out more about mindfulness and this was a great start! Thank you

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  28. My go-to Mindfulness

    I love the description “love affair with the world” that’s exactly what it is. And yes, it takes time.

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  29. I love your mindset. It is so beautiful. ๐ŸŒŽ

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  30. Beautiful.

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  31. Recently have began meditating, mostly on gratitude! I am using the Meditation studio app as a learning tool and it has been great. Check out my thoughts on mindset at limitlesspotential.net I am interested in your thoughts.

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  33. most importantly it helps soothe the impatient heart and calms the nerves.

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  35. And it also takes a lot of self-awareness. I initially had to keep reminding myself stay in the moment. And soo I stopped having mindless conversations in my head and suddenly I realised how awesome it feels to be in the moment. The happy spectrum of the brain is triggered and as you slowly learn to feel that you become more and more aware and stay in the moment longer and soon learn to master it.

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  37. blissfulbohemian17

    Many people do not know how. What do you say for them?

    Followed ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • Thank you blissful. I would say, take a moment and notice what is around you, or perhaps start journaling about what thoughts and feelings you are having in that moment. ๐Ÿ™

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  38. Thank you for sharing!

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  40. Beautiful post! and that quote… Sublime. Thank you for taking the time to write this, so glad I stumbled upon it!

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  42. I feel Mindful when I jog and swim. Not very good at finding the time to sit and just be but sometimes this is also just what is needed. Thanks for sharing Val! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  43. Very beautiful reminder. Namaste ๐Ÿ˜Š

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  44. Thank you for sharing ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ™๐ŸŒธ

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