Mindfulness is absolutely vital to any sustainable and healthy change. More than ever, we are seeing the importance of the body and mind connection. Businesses, schools, churches and the diet and health industry are desperately trying to do the same thing that they have being doing for decades and fit mindfulness into a neat and marketable program. But mindfulness is not a program and there are no mindfulness formulas, because mindfulness is not a result and you can’t just do it.
So, what is mindfulness? According to the great Ellen Langer… “Mindfulness is the process of actively noticing new things, relinquishing preconceived mindsets, and then acting on the new observations.”- Ellen Langer
Mindfulness is daily listening, asking, looking, moving, learning and living. Mindfulness happens when we exercise our senses to experience our daily life. Mindfulness happens when we are willing to be honest about the mindless choices we are making each day and when we are willing to look up up from our mindless and comfortably boring routines, and use our eyes, ears, noses, mouths, hands to see, smell, taste, hear and touch more.
I spent years with my head down, just doing it. Doing my job, taking care of my kids, going to the gym, going to church, eating to be lean and staying in my routines that required no thought, imagination, feelings or senses. I can distinctly remember when some of my routines were taken away and I went on a vacation and I noticed the sky. Years and years with my head down, just doing it and grinding it out, and I hadn’t noticed the sky. That’s insane. I finally noticed the sky and it was beautiful and I couldn’t quit looking at it. From this point on, something changed. Not everything immediately but little by little my spirit, heart, mind and body started to wake up and I begin to be set free from just doing it.
No offense but diets are boring. Exercise programs are boring. Online computer health and wellness programs are boring. Most information is boring. Texting is boring. Most TV shows are boring. Living to make money is boring. Overeating happens out of boredom. Living life through a phone is boring and being weighed, measured, watched,