On this final morning of the 21 Days to Mindfulness Challenge, I spent about an hour really thinking hard about what the post should be on this final day. I came to the conclusion that it should be about remembering all of your efforts up to this point– even the days when you didn’t stick with it. As long as you remember those tiny realizations, and those small ah-ha moments, these are definitely signs that you’re on the right track.
From Your Head to Your Heart
In this post I discuss patient acceptance and about facing your circumstances–no matter what. This can be hard when you’re in the heat of the moment– when you really need this to kick in. Here’s the good news: The more you train your mind in reflection and meditation, the more this will go from your “head to your heart.” This will go from just the logical thought: “I must practice patience,” to just “being” patient. Get it?
A few weeks ago on a Saturday afternoon, my mind was racing. I had grand plans for the weekend and my typical feeling of being overwhelmed went into overdrive. In that moment of turbulence, I forced myself to stop spinning my wheels and find a quiet space to sit and shut my eyes. I noticed that my mind became completely transformed in the process. As I sat there, I felt a jolt and I uttered the following out loud: “Why am I looking for perfection in an imperfect world?” This ongoing subconscious thought finally crossed my lips! I like to call these “duh moments” instead of “ah ha moments,” because I could see that my frustration came from my constant subconscious striving for the IMPOSSIBLE. I wanted to make my weekends perfect little time capsules where I could “make it all happen.” How could I possibly find what no one else has?
Open up to the invisible and all will be revealed.
Treasure and protect your small realizations, because those are the ones that lead to the big ones. It doesn’t have to be an earth-shattering moment either. It can be a “hmm” moment where you see how your practice on the cushion works in an everyday circumstance. Maybe you suddenly have more patience with a difficult person? Maybe when your boss tried to press your buttons, instead you just smiled and let it roll off your back? Invisible forces may be at work here, and if you just keep your eyes open, you’ll start to peel down the onion layers and see light where there may have been none before.
Thanks again for joining me on my journey!
Don’t be hard on yourself if you can’t formally sit down for 5 or 10 minutes in reflection. All you need to do is start with a good intention and actively use this in your day– just try. If all you’ve got is two minutes, then make those the best two minutes of the day!
As my little gift to you, watch this inspiring video on how to deal with stress in our busy world and cultivate patience and peace in your life. I hope you’ll continue to make mindfulness a daily habit and that you will use all of the 21 Action Cards to keep you motivated. You can print them out, keep them by your bedside, or place them where you sit in reflection. Just find the method that works for you so you can easily integrate these practices in your daily life.
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