” Ellen Langer, Professor of Psychology at Harvard University, spoke at a conference this week about how a mindful state of awareness can enhance wellbeing, help people to live longer and allow them to transcend what they thought were their limits.
She suggested that people typically operated on auto-pilot, letting the past determine the present.
‘Most of us are not there most of the time,’ she said.
‘We don’t taste what we are tasting, we don’t hear what we are hearing. Mindfulness is the simple process of noticing – noticing what’s new about people and things we know. When you notice, neurons are firing.'” Sunday Times
We all want enhanced wellbeing, a long life and to transcend our perceived limits. Exercise, a healthy diet, happy relationships and hard work can all contribute , of course. But being here now, present moment awareness, is key. Exercise consciously; if you’re walking, look around, enjoy the fresh air and the birdsong, rather than planning the rest of your day in your head; taste the healthy food you eat, rather than worrying about what it cost; meet everyone as if for the first time, rather than seeing them through old ideas you hold about them.
See your world afresh. Delight in it . It is your birth right as a human being.
Be kind and gentle with yourself.
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