How to be Mindful

“Notice. Make the time and space to be in the moment, not rushing, and make time to be creative. Pay attention to people and things – the context – as if seeing them for the first time.”  Prof. Ellen Langer (Harvard)

Much of the time we notice very little – our attention is focused on the thoughts whirling around in our heads. (Oh no, I’m going to be late…Musn’t forget to phone Lindy….If he thinks I’m going to back down, he’s got another think coming….etc endless etc).

Why not try just one of the above see what happens. Decide that for one hour/day/week you’re going to notice. I’m going to notice how my daughter’s done her hair; how the sun shines in through the window; the mood of my employer; the sound of someone’s voice – is he/she happy? the greenness of gardens or pot plants; the softness of a cushion or my cat’s fur; the taste of an apple.  Experience everything and everyone as if for the first time. Bring freshness and vitality into your life and release old ideas and impressions.

Don’t accept or reject any of this: try it out for yourself.

Remember to be kind and gentle with yourself.

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About Jill M Jacques

I grew up in Johannesburg, South Africa, and have spent most of my life here doing the usual things - marrying, having children and caring for an array of pets ranging from dogs to silkworms and chameleons. I first became interested in philosphy and its practical application in everyday life in my early 20s and spent many years as part of a group that pursued this goal. Drawing on this experience, I have been running "How to live in the Now" programmes for over 10 years. I wrote this book in response to requests from group members for something "simple and practical". I tend to see the funny side of life situations and enjoy writing humorous back pages as well as short stories and some poetry. Some of these have been published. Being here now is what really matters.
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