Two in One: Mindfulness is Good for You and Often Fun

Last week, I had the best time practicing “mindfulness”. Yes, I mean it. By learning to notice and savor the moment I was in, life became very juicy. Let me explain.

Working from home, I got to start my day listening to Deepak Chopra and Oprah’s Meditation Experience on Grace and Gratitude. When I was done, I sat on the deck off my bedroom, having coffee and enjoying the breeze and lush greenery. I had time to reflect on many things which escape me when I’m too busy including my gratitude for all I have, especially the people in my life I cherish. I even finished a book I was eager to read, “Artemis An Indomitable Spirit in Everywoman” by Dr. Jean Shinoda Bolen who led a retreat I attended 5 weeks ago in Montana which was awesome and inspiring. Click here to listen to Jean read from Artemis.

The highlight of the week though was going Friday to my colleague and friend, Ashley Nanney’s new venue, The Corner Gates, to tape some videos on health and healthy eating for her company, Feed Your Vitality. I showed up at 11:15 with agenda in mind but to “stay in the moment” and experience whatever unfolded. If you have participated in theatre or media before, you know that being “shot” (an interesting word) can be stressful, especially if you’re worrying about how it’s going to turn out. Actually, the hardest part was saying the name of my practice, Midwest Mind Body Health Center. Who knew?

Moving on “mindfully,” I stayed for several hours and enjoyed watching the presentations of other guests, savored a fabulous lunch in good company (as always happens there), and finally, got to sample a leche martini. Yum! Those are good! Little did I know when I showed up that morning, the day would be wonderful but by being present and letting the day unfuld, it was-mindful and fun. Two for one.

This week, see if you can stay present to the moment you’re in and notice what it brings. Listen to the mindfulness exercise which follows to help you “Stay in the Moment.”

Have a good week. Namaste.