Making Your Path

“Mindfulness is energy that helps us recognize the

conditions of happiness that are already

present in our lives.”

 

Everyone needs energy. We all need positive energy. When we want to start making a path to success, we must work harder. It takes much courage to take the path less taken. But I believe if we never take the path which may be unfamiliar to us but necessary to complete our path here on earth, then we miss a very important mark.

Sometimes we just need to close our eyes and visualize the path we are to follow. Whatever our true nature is then that is our true path. Mindful journeys are innately mapped out.

Don’t lose focus on what truly matters in life. We take the wrong path or fall when we are not focused.

Think about this idea next time you come to a crossroad. But also think about what Machado advises:

“Walker, there is no path, you make the path as you walk.” – Antonio Machado

“Caminante no hay camino, se hace camino al andar.”

Mindful of Stress

It seems that people are more open to talking about being stressed out. The question is how to lessen and relieve stress. Every time we watch the news we are bound to elevate our stress because so much news is negative. When tragedy hits in the form of mass shootings or natural catastrophe stress creeps into our psyche.

This month I have practiced trying to be more mindful of stress and immediately using some techniques to reduce it.

The following are some ways to lessen the impact of stress:

  1. Sit in a quite spot. Relax your shoulders and place your palms on your thighs.
  2. Let your gaze fall to the floor.
  3. Take a deep breath.
  4. Scan every part of you body and watch as you try to relax.
  5. Do not allow yourself to become distracted. Stay focused on getting your self as relaxed as possible.

We will continue to post different techniques to help you relax and become more mindful of stressful triggers.

Have a beautiful day!

Mindful Gardening

 

 

Today we had a fairly decent almost spring day. I had purchased some tulips and I was afraid I would not be able to plant them because the temperature was too low. I put them on my bay window and watched the beautiful lavender tulips start to lose their luster and begin to shrivel. I took a picture of them everyday as they were still closed buds when I first got them. To my surprise one of the tulips had a twin. In other words, two flowers shared one stem. It was amazing how the flowers accommodated each other. Curiously the twin tulips were the last to dry up. But one dried up more than the other. At first I was going to throw out the plant altogether. I was so frustrated with the changes in temperature and the early spring snow and wind storms.

But I decided to plant the bulbs instead and hopefully they will bloom again next spring. I raked and cleaned the area where I wanted to plant some daffodils. We had a few trees fall during the last snow storm. We had many branches strewn all over our lawn. So we were finally able to bag all the leaves, pine cones, twigs and pieces of bark.

I visualized the area with new shrubs and big terra-cotta pots with beautifully arranged flowers. I drew sketches of how I wanted our garden to look. The next few days are suppose to be more spring like. The garden is now ready to welcome butterflies, and song birds. I looked up at the sky and I saw a few birds perched. There was a small nest near by. Spring is here after all.

Mindful gardening is about connecting to nature. Gardening is proven to help people relax and. bring about mental well-being. It is important to stay focused and to have a plan. Appreciate the process and visualize what you want to see in your garden. Map out your garden. Decide if you want to add some additional accessories. If you decide to have a vegetable garden as well, keep it simple and plant the kinds of vegetables that grow quickly. Don’t be afraid to get your hands dirty. Keep a garden journal. Write in it the feelings that emerged, what you observed. Take deep breaths. Happy Gardening!

 

 

Mindful Pondering

“In this very breath that we take now lies the secret that all great teachers try to tell us.”

                                                                – Peter Matthiessen

Spotlight on your breathing:

  • It is important to focus on your breathing every chance you get to be still
  • Find a quiet stop and take deep cleansing breaths
  • Be mindful of the moment
  • You may want to select something to be the focal point
  • Focus and notice the inhale and exhale cycles
  • You may want to count your breaths
  • Conclude your breathing session with an affirmation
  • Write down your thoughts about the experience and note the levels of calmness