Midnight :Sun:Posted: September 23, 2014 Filed under: Meditation, Yoga | Tags: blogging, Buddha, Buddhism, calm, compassion, fitness, free range, freshly pressed, gluten free, happiness, health, hipster, hope, kindness, life, love, lululemon, marathon, meditation, Mindfulness, natural, nature, Omaha, passion, perspective, running, trail running, yoga, Zen 11 Comments
Do not ruin today with mourning tomorrow-
Struggling to eliminate our flaws, tossing abrasive feelings to the side … Fighting ourselves into a place we deem more pleasant and less disruptive. Our instinctual fight or flight response operates in perpetual “autopilot” mode, navigating us toward safety. Although, what happens when we switch our autopilot system off?
I quite literally stumbled, and flicked my autopilot switch from “on” to “mindfulness” about five years ago. Mindfulness offered me a very specific and helpful way to accept, and value myself, by gently inviting me to pause … To look within my thoughts, and notice what I am experiencing moment to moment – The polar opposite of killing the gym and running myself into the ground. Rather than conclude something was “wrong” with me for experiencing troubling thoughts and feelings, I simply acknowledged and attended to whatever I happened to notice at the time. Acceptance of who I am is enormously freeing, as long as I pause long enough to recognize that the path forward is awakening to myself, and not who I want or wish I could be.
As the many experiences in life arise and float away, we dip our toes into a pool of stillness that has long sat stagnant.
A basic practice with life-changing repercussions.
Absolutely my friend 🙂
May your heart be filled with kindness this morning – Take care and be well.
I love this! So many New Agers get so frantic about “the law of attraction” and so they panic when they feel anything other than positive thoughts and feelings, quickly attempting to hide or bury or shift any so called negative feelings. Then they wonder why they don’t manifest what they desire. Like you, I’m learning to just accept where I am and what I am feeling, which then moves me into a peaceful observing self and energy, no matter what emotion is flowing through my mind and body at the moment.
As you know Dear Friend, I have written many posts over the past four years trying to fine tune and deliver the loving message of mindfulness. Its not easy for a Dude to admit that something so trivial, so silly, so whatever – Could have such an impact on ones life. Not many will read this vulnerable, compassionate reply, however I hope that you take what follows to heart … Your support means the World to me, Thank you 🙂
This is a beautiful piece. Very thought provoking.
I hope this humble little blog post caused you to pause and listen to your true spirit 🙂
indeed, it did just that 🙂 thank you
Ooooo, I was just thinking and writing about something sort of like this!! Feels great to read this right now.
I’m so glad that you liked this! I’m slowly starting to write and share more about my journey, awakening, path in life, wandering or whatever … I feel a little uneasy at times sharing openly, your kind words and thoughts really help. 🙂
Maybe this is what i am missing.
It could be, when we stop to listen to our heart(s) 🙂