Are you Living in the Moment?

Good morning everyone. How are you doing today?

Last week I (Lisa) received an absolutely wonderful gift from a close friend (@woolandwaterLDN) –

a copy of Anna Black’s Living in the Moment

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It has been a privilege to explore this amazing book. I thought I would share a little something from what I read today …

Meditation is an active process and if you want to bring about change in your life, it requires a deliberate engagement on your part. No one else can do this for you and how you approach it is important. in Full Catastrophe Living, Jon Kabat – Zinn stresses the importance of particular attitudes that are helpful to cultivate and form the bedrock upon which our mindfulness practice rests.

The following are particularly helpful attitudes to bring to mind when you are doing any of the practices in this book:

CURIOSITYOne of the joys of spending time with a child is seeing the world through his or her eyes, where everything is new and interesting … When we pay attention to our experience with curiosity of a child, see it as if for the very first time, all kinds of possibilities take shape.

NOT STRIVINGIt is more helpful to remind ourselves that the easiest way to get from A to B is simply to focus on being here, at A.

TRUSTin yourself and your intuition; if something does not feel right for you, do not do it.

PATIENCE There is no rush and the learning is in the journey.

NOT JUDGINGOur judgements colour all our interactions and we often practice a degree of meanness and even hatred toward ourselves that goes far beyond how we would dream of treating someone else … Practicing kindness is a important as practicing mindfulness. 

ACCEPTANCEseeing things how they really are, rather than how we would like them to be.

LETTING GOAllowing things to be as they are is a form of acceptance. 

Your practice is a process of discovery and exploration rather than one of judgement and evaluation.

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The book is also beautifully illustrated by Amy Evans. You should definitely check it out.

Handsome and Pretty

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