Mindfulness Monday

Happy Monday! The Eicks had a great weekend; I hope you did too! John worked Friday and Saturday night, but we were still able to squeeze some good family time.

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Henry loves his Daddy!

The weather was finally nice enough to take this little monster for a walk on the trails in our neighborhood!

We leave tomorrow for a short trip to Boone, North Carolina. We have rented a cabin, and are so excited to hole up by the fire, eat good food, and do some hiking (weather permitting).

Mindfulness: What is it?

This week I started researching mindfulness. There is so much to know about it-I’m definitely only touching the surface. I am excited to learn more about it, share it with you, and start practicing it in my own life.

Mindfulness, according to Jon Kabat-Zinn, means “paying attention in a particular way; On purpose, in the present moment, and nonjudgmentally.” Jon Kabat-Zinn is a famous teacher of mindfulness in the United States. He teaches through his Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program the importance simply being in the present moment. Mindfulness is about letting go of the past, not focusing in too much on the future, and living in the present. Kabat-Zinn says, “It’s about living your life as if it really mattered, moment by moment by moment by moment.”

I love this concept because I often worry about the future. I also have a hard time letting go of the past. When reflecting on the general meaning of mindfulness, I am reminded of what Jesus taught us in the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew chapter 6. Verses 26-27 say, “Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?” Later Jesus reminds us not to “be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself.”

This week I am going to focus on living in the present. To actively pursue moving my thoughts away from the past or the future. To enjoy life as it is right now, today, in this very moment. To try letting go of my worry-wart tendencies.

 

*Most of my information was gained from the Greater Good in Action website about mindfulness. It contains some great videos. I learned a lot from this one as well.

 

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