Living Mindfully

mindfulness is a way of non-judgmentally connecting with your life

some things are in the wrong place, but none can know the future

Until pretty recently I had never heard the words mindful nor mindfully and to be honest, for a man of my generation, background, and upbringing, the concepts and processes of mindfulness are fairly alien and unknowable.

However, to each of us there comes a time when we need to look outside of our everyday wants, needs, struggles, and conflicts to find something we can trust to lift the pain and distress from our shoulders.  There may come a time when we sink as low as to destroy the relationship we hold most precious, to harm ourselves with booze, drugs, gambling, casual sex, lies and deceptions, and to have thoughts of suicide.  Just a few short days ago I had sunk that low.  I had arrived at a rock bottom, and I knew there was yet another rock bottom even lower and worse than the one I was suffering.

Now I know that mindfulness is a way for me to live fully in the moment, and by being totally in the now, cutting off worries about the past and stress about all possible futures.

Mindfulness is simply being aware of what is happening right now without wishing it were different.  ~  James Baraz

Mindfulness is a way for me to calmly pay full attention to what is happening to me right now, how I am feeling right now, and how I am reacting to those feelings.  Deep down there is a need for me to be calm and at peace with what is happening in the now, instead of worrying and being resentful about what has happened, what could happen, what was and could be bad, what went wrong, what could go wrong, and what is missing in my life.  No matter the chaos that is troubling me in my heart and mind, outwardly I need to radiate inner peace.

Being mindful is about me letting the past stay in the past and leaving the future as something that is yet to come about, it’s about being in the now without being hurt, disturbed, and distressed by what might happen, or what has already happened, or what my twisted mind thinks has already happened.

I may never be able to silence the thousands of negative thoughts and feelings that uninvited pass through my mind each day, but I have learned how to slow down my mind, and allow my feelings to come and go without reacting badly to them.

Some say that they don’t need to feel bad about anything they have ever done.  And that they have no regrets about the past nor worries about the future.  All I know is that I can stop being afraid, I am the master of my fate.

~

jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

how the disconnect inside my mind feels

 

 

6 responses

  1. Bravo! Paying attention is the most important thing you can do! ❤

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    1. Thank you Robynbird ❤

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  2. I admire you for learning ways to cope. I love the way you write about your feelings. You should write a book!

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    1. Oh! Thanks ever so Diane. Perhaps I will write a book. ❤ 😉

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  3. Mindfulness is sometimes easier said than done, no one can deny it’s an important aspect of emotional/spiritual health. Thanks for this helpful post!

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    1. You’re very welcome. ❤ ❤ ❤
      For me it's pretty essential that I learn this stuff.

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