Pick one of these simple mindfulness exercises to build up your living in the moment muscle…
Mindful Hand Awareness Exercise
Grasp your hands really tight and hold for a 5 to 10 seconds, then release and pay attention to how your hands feel. Keep your attention focused on the feeling for as long as you can.
Olfactory Sense Exercise
Smell something strong like coffee beans or perfume and pay close attention to what happens in your nose, and then what feelings these scents evoke.
Sit and relax, and imagine yourself melting into everything around you. You might begin to feel at one with everything after some practice.
“The Gift of Self”
“Love your neighbor as yourself”
We are a God idea! (Ps 139:13-16) created in love, by love, to come to this earth to give and receive love. God tells us this in John 15:16. “You did not choose me, but I chose you to go and bear much fruit. Coming to know, accept, and love this unique person God created you to be is one of the greatest adventures you will ever encounter in this life.
Reread the verse from Matthew and notice it does not say, “Love your neighbor instead of yourself.” Many of us have been convinced that loving ourselves is the equivalent to being selfish. Matthew makes a bold assumption that we are loving ourselves and then encourages us to love your neighbor as our self.
God calls us to discover and enjoy all the gifts and talents he has given us. Each of us is unique and has a one of a kind plan for our life. To bring back an oldie but a goodie…we do not have to be afraid of unwrapping the gift God created us to be “Because God does not make junk”.
Years ago while having the opportunity to teach Early Childhood Churchtime, one of the children’s favorite songs included a verse noting that “Life without Jesus was like a donut….there is a Hole in the middle of your heart.” Taking time each day to center yourself and be with your spiritual connection can fill your heart, relax your body, and calm your mind.
Let this cartoon inspire you to mindfully eat your next meal. Start by giving thanks for all the hands that it took to get this food to your plate. The growers, the harvesters, the grocery store owner, the checkout person, the cook, etc. Next open up your senses to notice the colors of your food, smell the aromas of your food, eat slower than you might normally to enjoy the texture and flavor of each bite.