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Day Two

Mindfulness 101

What’s mindfulness?

Mindfulness is not “cold” thinking. In Japanese, the character for mindfulness combines the words for mind and heart. It is awareness with heart. Mindfulness invites you to respond to your experience rather than just react to it. It is paying attention in the “here and now”, non-reactively, non-judgmentally, and with an open heart, and curiosity. You can see that in washing a dish or even brushing your teeth, in so many apparently “ordinary” experiences, that when fully experienced, they are actually sparkling moments!         

Do your mindfulness challenge slowly and reverently with patience, attention, and kindness. Live in the moment! 

Today's Challenge

Pick 3 activities that you do mindlessly and do them mindfully. They could be brushing your teeth, washing dishes, sweeping the floor, eating a snack. You get to choose!

“Walking is the great adventure, the first meditation, a practice of heartiness and soul primary to humankind. Walking is the exact balance between spirit and humility.”                                                                           – Gary Snyder

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