MINDFULNESS

The concept of mindfulness was introduced to me at a women’s networking event early last year. The speaker encouraged us to give it a try, and I thought I’d share this idea with you.

Mindfulness is defined as “the basic human ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we’re doing, and not overly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s going on around us.” [source: https://www.mindful.org/meditation/mindfulness-getting-started/]

Prominent figures around the world have hyped the benefits of mindfulness and meditation, from Oprah Winfrey to the late Steve Jobs.

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Personally, I battle with the notion of “meditation” or “being still”, most of the time. I have an extremely demanding career, and I juggle managing a home, studies as well, as well as a few projects that I’m involved in. Life is fast-paced, and can get a tad bit overwhelming.

I use weekends to unwind and recoup, and essentially “plan my life”. The disadvantage here, however, is that this process is often rushed and I don’t necessarily get to everything I’d like to. This often sets me back and I find myself playing catch-up.

The beauty of mindfulness is that it’s something that is inherent in us already. We all already possess the capacity to be present, and it doesn’t require us to change who we are. All we need to do is simply practice mindfulness, and reap the benefits thereafter.

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Someone once said to me, “There’s virtue in work, and there’s virtue in rest. Use both and overlook neither.”

Truly words to live by, and to maintain some sort of balance; this is what I intend to do this year: to work hard, and play hard. I will certainly create opportunities to practice mindfulness,, it may not be daily however it will be regular.

Do leave your comments below, I’d love to hear from you.

Love and light.

xx

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