Friday, November 16, 2018

Today's picture/seen in a school


I saw this in Campbell and Indy's nursery school (I think it is called pre-k now). I had never heard of "mindfulness" until seeing Ernestine's blog years ago. I've done yoga all my life, and I know about meditation but the term mindfulness was new to me, and is such a good one. I try hard to practice it. Not easy.

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  1. I do like that picture. And yes, mindfulness. I am trying to do better there as well. It seems we have so much on our minds that we forget to focus in on what we are actually doing - distractions are everywhere. I have been trying to enjoy my meals, savoring the food, being thankful for it and for those who contributed to it. And the simple activities of cleaning, doing chores - being in the moment.
    Have a lovely week-end, Nan.
    Mary

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    1. Thank you! "being in the moment" - that's exactly it, isn't it.

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    1. I was quite impressed. The school isn't just for little ones. It goes on to 6th or 8th grade, I think, so those older kids would get what it was about, I think.

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  3. I came across the following a few years ago and I try to live by it each and every day:

    Zen Things

    Do one thing at a time.
    Do it slowly and deliberately.
    Do it completely.
    Do less.
    Put space between things.
    Develop rituals.
    Designate time for certain things.
    Devote time to sitting.

    Also, there’s a Japanese term, “ichigyo-zammai,” that basically means full concentration on a single act.

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    1. This is really wonderful! Thanks so much for sharing it.

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  4. No, but it is so very good for us.

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    1. I am not a multi-tasker, so that perhaps is its own kind of mindfulness. I'm working at keeping my mind on one thing, not 20. haha.

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  5. Mindfulness has become something of a big trend over here in the past 5 years or so; the word has been used to an inflationary extent, and as with most trends, it has made me rather wary of how it is often taken as an excuse for NOT minding the needs of others. Not for one nanosecond do I think you are like that, Nan! I just mean to say that I have come across the term too often in the wrong context. The picture is great and shows what it really means without losing many words!

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    1. Yes, I know just what you mean! A bit like what used to be called "navel-gazing"! But I think that if done right, one can be more thoughtful of others. I read a yoga teacher who said if she could have one hour to herself, she can give the 23 to others. That may be the crux of mindfulness meditation.

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    2. I agree with you, Nan. It seems to me that being more aware, more deliberate, is to be aware of others and their needs. A beautiful circle and not always so easy to complete.

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  6. Just look at the difference in those bubbles! Exactly!

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    1. Sometimes a picture really IS worth a thousand words!!

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  7. I too learned the concept of Mindfulness in a Yoga class. Some time ago, but lately I’ve been thinking about it a lot. As we age, it seems more and more important ... necessary for survival even.

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    1. I sure wish we were closer. Kindred spirits, you and I. Your last sentence - absolutely.

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    1. How wonderful to see you here! Thanksgiving indeed for your improving health.

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