Alphabet soup for the soul – “M”

M is for Mindfulness

Living twenty-four hours with mindfulness is more worthwhile than living 100 years without it.”

-The Buddha-

Mindfulness or meditation? These two “M’s” often get confused for each other, and for a good reason. They are easy to conflate because they are very similar. Yet, both offer great ways to stop and break negative thinking loops.

Mindfulness is finding the present moment anyplace, anywhere and at any time. When we do this, we can regulate ourselves on the spot.

Young kids are mindful and almost always in the present moment. They have a limited concept of the future or past.

Mindfulness is playing with a dog or just watching the dog playing by itself. It is watching a bird in a bird feeder or the trees swaying gently in the summer breeze. It is watching the clouds painted in the sky moving by gently.

Mindfulness is focusing on the breath in and out, in and out. It forgets about the past, surrenders any plans for the future, and finds the present moment, which is truly a gift.

There are countless ways to be mindful, including breathing, gratitude, compassion and meditation.

Mindfulness is becoming centred, so the flight, fight or freeze stress response is turned off with intent. This allows us to navigate our outer world with more grace and ease, which spreads from person to person if viewed through the correct lens.

Joe Dispenza teaches us that meditation begins in the present moment when we become nothing or no-thing, no-where in no place, in no time, and no space.

A body scan is a fast way to gain mindfulness and prepare for meditation. A body scan is exactly what it sounds like, allowing us to get present by becoming aware of our awareness quickly.

Start at the top of your body and work down. Focus your awareness on the head, shoulders, chest, abdomen, hips, thighs, calves, feet or any variation that works, including starting at the bottom and working up to the crown of the head.

Quick heart coherence is another excellent trick taught by the Heart Math Institute. This is done by deep breathing while focusing on the chest area, then breathing deeply in and out of the heart.

Spending time in nature will also breathe a specific frequency onto and into us that will similarly help our physiology as meditation and mindfulness do.

Some people opt for a guided journey to a mountain top and see the light filling the body. Electrical charges will course throughout the body energizing and emanating light in every direction and across many dimensions.

I have learned all this through personal experience, yet to quote Socrates, “The only thing I know for sure is that I know nothing.”

Published by Hdavey Thoreau

"How vain is it to sit down to write when you have not stood up to live"

35 thoughts on “Alphabet soup for the soul – “M”

      1. Good, we make it so. I am okay thank you, the world is a funny place to live in right now. How is life where you are? What do you think to the state of the world?

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      2. I think that more people have awakened in the past year than any other time in history..
        Unfortunately I also think more people have fallen deeper asleep and may never wake up in this lifetime.πŸ™πŸ™πŸ™
        Such is the world of Duality and polarity

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  1. Wonderful post about a subject that becomes more imperative every day, in our new world of sickness, paranoia and negativity. I agree, just to be in Nature, observing, being present is soo calming and healing. Being n the present moment, we are reminded what a miracle Life and our place in it, even is!!

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  2. I like your alphabet soup for better life.
    I like meditation. It gives peace of mind..
    I’m also nature lovers. Evey new place shows one short film to me.
    Because nature is beauty.
    Nature makes lot of actions.
    For example…. Day , night, rain, sunny , and snow…etc.

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  3. Buddha and Socrates in one post. Just awesomeness itself. And true, I think on both accounts. Though I’m open to the idea that I basically no nothing. There is a chance I’m wrong about everything. However, hopefully right about a few other things. Again, the importance of allowing alternative thinking and questions.

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