A Mindful Summer – Breathing in, breahthing out…

Breathing in, I am aware of my whole body. Breathing out, I smile at my whole body.

Summer Moleskine 2008

I did this page in my writing diary yesterday. It’s about what I want this summer, what I’m going after and sending out. Mindfulness is my new mantra and I try to grasp it’s concept.

MINDFUL is an adjective;

1. Tending toward awareness and appreciation: conscious, heedful, observant.

2. Cautiously attentive: careful, heedful, observant, watchful.

It is just a word, right? But to me it is the Super Power above all. I think it’s a beautiful word. I love the feeling of being mindful because it transforms me into the person I want to be. It makes me see and feel more of everything, it makes me embrace all of it. It’s easy to be but hard to sustain.

In Buddhism it plays a central role as mindfulness also is a technique in which a person becomes intentionally aware of his or her thoughts and actions in the Present Moment, non-judgmentally. While I try to become more Mindful I practice meditation and have done so for the past couple of weeks. I hereby pledge to continue through the summer and beyond!

Have you decided what your summer will be about yet? Do a page in your journal to find out what is important to you.

Right mindfulness (often also termed Right meditation) involves bringing one’s awareness back (i.e. from the past or the future) into the present moment. By residing more frequently in the present moment, practitioners begin to see both inner and outer aspects of reality. Inner reality may unfold as one sees that the mind is continually chattering with commentary or judgment. By noticing that the mind is continually making commentary, one has the ability to carefully notice those thoughts, and then decide if those thoughts have value. Those practicing mindfulness realize that “thoughts are just thoughts”; the thoughts themselves have little or no weight. One is free to release a thought (“let it go”) when one realizes that the thought may not be concrete reality or absolute truth. Thus, one is free to observe life without getting caught in the commentary. Many “voices” or messages may speak to one within the “vocal” mind. It is important to be aware that the messages one hears during “thinking” may not be accurate or helpful, but rather may be translations of, or departures from truth.

As one more closely observes inner reality, one finds that happiness is not exclusively a quality brought about by a change in outer circumstances, but rather by realizing happiness often starts with loosening and releasing attachment to thoughts, pre-dispositions, and “scripts”; thereby releasing “automatic” reactions toward pleasant and unpleasant situations or feelings. [via answers]

If you want to get started right now, here are some help:
* Take a Deep Breath – article on easy mindfulness
* Relaxation & Meditation Timer – set the timer and sit still for a while and listen to music while breathing in and out, in and out, in and…

To me creativity and meditation/mindfulness goes hand in hand. I never get as much ideas as I do when I try not to think about anything. I would like to read more about this as I think it is interesting. If you have any books, articles or links to share, please do so!

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11 Responses to A Mindful Summer – Breathing in, breahthing out…

  1. Megan Potter says:

    You aren’t joking about the difficult to maintain thing. I’ve been meditating for a few months now (and LOVE it), but practicing mindfulness as an on-going state is new for me. (I just finished reading A New Earth and I’m trying to implement its lessons)…

    I love the results of being mindful so I suppose it’s just something I have to remind myself to focus on minute by minute.

    Thanks for the inspiration and the reminder!

  2. PJ says:

    Love that word….I try to be mindful everyday. It really causes a peace within that you can’t get from objects, people, or situations. Nice post :)

  3. Miri says:

    Tak for et dejligt indl?g, det gav en masse inspiration :-)

  4. theresa says:

    oooh grasshopper, I love this post.
    (that is a reference to an old tv show called kungfu which you probably do not know)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WCyJRXvPNRo&feature=related

    after this episode, the old man called the boy grasshopper. Great show!

  5. gkgirl says:

    i have been very interested in this subject
    for that little bit
    {while trying to get rid of heart palpitations}
    so i am happy that you posted this today…
    and now
    i am going to check out
    what you linked to…

    and love the journal page, :)

  6. pink sky says:

    thanks for sharing this idea of right mindfulness…it’s very inspiring and makes me want to dig deeper. love the “you” on your page :)

  7. Francoise says:

    I love the books by Thich Nhat Hanh (for example “La plenitude de l’instant”). I have them in French, but I guess they must exist in English.
    Also Jack Kornfield’s “A path with heart”.

    Love your blog, btw.
    :-)

  8. katie says:

    Thich Nhat Hanh has the ability to express Buddhist concepts in such an easy to understand way, especially mindfulness. i went to a 5 day retreat with Thay and nuns and monks of Plum village in the early 90’s, an experience that lives on in me still.

  9. Linnea says:

    Hi Hanna,
    Thank you for your post! You always say things I need to hear! I think Mindfulness is a great mantra, and something good to live by. I wanted to tell you that I posted two art journal photos in my blog, which is something I’ve never done before… and I just wanted you to see them because I know you appreciate honesty and art and expression. I hope you are on your way to having the best weekend ever!
    Linnea

  10. Amy says:

    I love this post because I am trying to work on this right now too. I really need to figure out what I am doing everyday and be more in the moment. It seems I get to the end of the day and flop down to go to bed without having had my calm and mindful moments! Thanks for the links too. :)

  11. Inger says:

    Boktips!

    Att leva ett liv, inte vinna ett krig av Anna K?ver
    Vem ?r det som best?mmer i ditt liv av ?sa Nilsonne
    Lev livet fullt ut av Eckhart Tolle
    A return to love (den ?r fantastisk!!!) av Marianne Williamson
    … och n?gra till som st?r i bokhyllan hemma.

    Kram!

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