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Mind Your Mindfulness

Posted at Jan 25, 2017 8:00 am

I don’t know about you, but sometimes I find myself focusing on my goals with blinders to all else. The goal could be a workshop I’m creating and teaching in two months, a manuscript I want to finish by the end of the year or paying off the mortgage a few years ahead of schedule. It really doesn’t matter what the goal is—as long as it is a goal.

Face it: we live in a goal driven society.

Generally, having goals is a good thing, but sometimes focusing on the goal gets in the way of life. Even a champion race horse has his blinders removed once the race is over.

And what about the multi-taskers who race toward multiple goals at a time? Sound like you?

Working through lunch—wolfing down a sandwich in one hand while reading, researching on-line, or doing other tasks is all too common. In fact much of the nation’s obesity problems can be laid a t the foot of this particular habit. Mindless eating is epidemic.

I’ll go one step further: mindless living is epidemic.

The key to reversing the trend—mindfulness—is as easy, and as difficult, as stepping off the mental treadmill.  Even for ONE MINUTE.

Recently, on a cross-country flight, I came to the conclusion that I couldn’t juggle both my book and my sandwich. Hunger dictated my choice and I put the book down for a few minutes. And you know what? I still remember the taste of that sandwich. Thick cut turkey with slightly salty bacon and a roasted red pepper that was the perfect combination of sweet and peppery.

I doubt my “lunch” lasted more than 5 or 10 minutes. But the 5 minutes of mindful eating satisfied me on several levels. Sense of taste, smell, and sight were satisfied and I felt as if I’d had true sustenance.

runWhenever you take your eyes off the goas to focus—mindfully—on the moment, it opens your mind, spirit and body to a wealth of sensory gifts.  And, in truth, it doesn’t perceptibly slow you down from reaching the goal. It simply enriches the journey.

The busier you are the more you need moments of mindfulness, lest life become a series of sometimes meaningless goals, ending in the grave.

We only get one shot at this journey called life. Shouldn’t we stop to savor it at least once in a while?

 

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