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
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.
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.
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?
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