It has been too long since my last blog post. Actually, I write quite often; articles, working on my memoir, in my journal, but when it comes to blog posts, for some reason I struggle with inspiration and feeling like it needs to be perfect. Well, I can guarantee that it won't be perfect, but it WILL be authentic.
Recently, after participating in a mindfulness meditation course, I enrolled in a Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) Certification Course. It has truly opened up new awarenesses for me around being in the present moment. Why does it matter if one lives in the present moment you ask? Well, I s'pose it really doesn't. However, if I am focused on what I am doing in the here and now, I can't be focusing on my past nor my future Thus, any thoughts or emotions from the past or future simply are not there.
This offers me reprieve from what can often be torturous thoughts and emotions around things I have no control over...it's a gift to myself.
From someone who wants to do everything prefect and correctly the first time (like my blog posts), I am quickly learning that my way of mindfulness for me IS correct and perfect...just as someone else's way of being mindful is perfectly correct for them. There is no way you can get it right or wrong, it just is.
I challenge you to set a timer for 3 minutes and focus on one thing completely. For me, focusing on a tangible object was a good place to start. Utilizing my senses to experience it, before I knew it (or didn't know it) I spent three minutes completely focused in the present moment. I had no worries about my week ahead and I had no stress about things from my past that I could not change.
Now your turn, give it a try.