40 Days of Renewal Challenge Day 4 Mindfulness….
(also translated Awareness)
Our challenge officially started on Wednesday, February 13th which was the first day of Lent….now it’s February 19th and we have had a few distractions along the way and have not posted the daily renewal challenges from day 3 till now. BUT not to worry, the countdown continues and we will just pick up where we left off. For those of you who are following “Living Arrangements” .
We may just have to double up on the posts until we catch up. How’s that? Listen, we’d really appreciate it if you tell your friends about us--
“Our work is not to change what you do, but to witness what you do with enough awareness, curiosity and tenderness that the lies and old decisions upon which the compulsion is based are questioned and fall away.”
· Becoming an impartial witness to your own experience.
· Willing to see everything as if for the first time
· Trust in yourself
· Non-striving by doing nothing…nothing needs to be done
· Acceptance – seeing things as they really are in the present
· Letting Go – Release
Q: When was the last time you were truly “Mindful” in the moment or witness to your own experience?
“In “Mindfulness” we observe inward, watching our thoughts without attachment to them…. Our own mind carries us away. Our thoughts are like unruly children, constantly pulling us here and there. And this constant pulling is the source of our stress and pain. Mindfulness is the skill that allows us to watch our thoughts and feelings without being pulled by them.” ~Jill N. Henry. Ed.D.
There is far more to this renewal challenge subject than I could EVER cover here…But it IS one of such importance that it’s worth diving into and exploring more. Especially the personal aspect of it, watching our thoughts, without attachment and impartially witnessing our own experience. THAT’s the one that resonates with me deeply. Take self inventory watching what you do, learning the reasons WHY you do them. Asking yourself the hard questions. Be willing to accept the answers, once revealed. Be open to any necessary changes. Letting go – release the myriad of thoughts that bombard your mind and distract you. Learn to be present in the moment Learn to be at peace with yourself and enjoy your own company…and be patient with yourself. Stop judging yourself so harshly. Stop putting everyone else before you. Sometimes it’s good just to be good to yourself. The purpose of the 40 Days of Renewal Challenge is to learn how to LOVE ourselves-- our free, liberated, empowered, authentic selves. As women-of-a-certain-age we’ve come a long way to get to be where we are at this stage in our lives…Learn to appreciate it, embrace it, enjoy it, don't just endure it. No matter HOW you do it, LIVE fabulously, every day.
“Mindfulness gives you time.
Time gives you choices.
Choices, skillfully made, lead
To freedom. You don’t have to
Be swept away by your
Feeling. You can respond with
Wisdom and kindness rather than
Habit and reactivity.”
~Bhante Henepola Gunaratana
Make “Mindfulness” a necessary “Living Arrangement”