Be Mindful: Silent is hidden in the word “Listen”

3 Comments May 31, 2011 / Posted in Meditation, Mindful Business, Mindful Leadership, Mindfulness, The Running Mind

Reclining Buddha

I decided to carry 3 books and a journal with me during Kip’s and my 3 month travel portion of my 4 month Sabbatical. The three books are:
Mindfulness for Dummies by Shamash Alidina
Leadership: Thinking, Being, Doing by Lee Thayer
Claiming Your Place At The Fire: Living The Second Half of your Life on Purpose by Richard Leider & David Shapiro

The journal is: Gratitude Journal with text by Catherine Price, given me by the Alumni of the Lifestyle Change Program at Scripps Integrative Medicine.

From Shamash:

Awareness: Being conscious of my experiences for without awareness I could not observe myself, my thoughts, my feelings.

Attention: Karen Sothers reminder: Pay attention. Being able to focus my awareness on a sensation, on a breathe, on a part of my body, and letting thoughts and feeling be identified and let go just as that: a thought, a feeling.

Remembering: Paying attention to my experience from moment to moment. Remembering to pay attention and bring myself back to this moment.

From Lee:

Being accountable requires being competent. Being competent assumes being accountable.

The two most important master tools for making a life: How I think and Who I am. If I can’t think the way I need to think in putting the pieces of this thing called my life together, I’ll never get to where I want to go. And if who I am isn’t the kind of tool I need to make my life happen, I need to change that first. No other tool or technique is truly effective without my master tools: How I think and who I am. And so practice is required to be ready for whatever happens even if it doesn’t happen. Present and open to the next “new” moment.

From Richard & David some wonderful questions I have been reflecting upon:

Who Am I?

Where Do I Belong?

What Do I Care About?

What Is My Purpose?

This is the book being used by my fellow Vistage Chairs at the Keepers of the Flame Retreat at the end of June in Boulder

Some of you might find some interesting perspectives on mindfulness at:
Mindful: Living with Awareness and Compassion published by the Shambhala Sun Foundation

Shambhala Sun always sharing with its excellent pieces on mindfulness whether you subscribe or not

Practicing Mindfulness from a fellow traveler on the journey.

Or visit Shamash at his website: LearnMindfulness

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  1. Shamash Alidina said on June 1st, 2011 at 9:04 am

    I’m honoured that you picked my book Oz! I’m going to check those other books you’ve recommended, and I shall also reflect on those questions you have posed. Happy mindful travelling my friend! :-)
    Shamash

  2. Salinya said on June 2nd, 2011 at 7:15 am

    Hello! I too own the Mindfulness-for-Dummies, and although I haven’t gone through the whole book yet, I just wanted to share some insights I had while discovering the world of mindfulness and meditation. This sudden curiosity and passion began when a friend told me that I am not “living” my life but just going through it. She says that I do things only because I have been doing it for so long that I don’t even have to think about it anymore. Naturally, I came to my own defense saying that of course I wouldn’t have to think about taking a shower when I wake up or getting a cup of coffee when I go to work. She said that’s just it, I just do things and waste my time. I am not living in the present, because my mind is somewhere else. I give in easily to my emotions and thus my judgment is often clouded by my feelings. When I read the book, the first chapter caught me right away! I find it intriguing that we can be aware of our selves, and therefore control our reactions and perspective of what occurs in our life. I am glad to have shared my thoughts. Thank you for this post!

  3. Kev said on August 28th, 2011 at 5:11 am

    “Attention: Karen Sothers reminder: Pay attention. Being able to focus my awareness on a sensation, on a breathe, on a part of my body, and letting thoughts and feeling be identified and let go just as that: a thought, a feeling.

    Remembering: Paying attention to my experience from moment to moment. Remembering to pay attention and bring myself back to this moment.”

    These two things ring true in the practice. It seems to be all about observing your thoughts and not getting attached to them. They are impermanent, fleeting, important, but serve as just reminders, stimuli. When we realize that what we think of as ourselves is just a reflection of our life experiences and our reactions to that, the glimmer of truth appears. It’s really, really difficult though to stay in that frame of consciousness. The world is powerful, and very disarming.

    Thanks for mentioning my site :) I feel like I’m just standing on the shoulders of giants though, and your blog is one of them Ozzie :)

    Kev

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