Mindfulness and Creativity

Mindfulness and Creativity You are so creative. Don’t deny it. Whether or not you consider yourself a creative type, the truth is that you are constantly creating ideas. Mindfulness invites you to be aware of this constantly flowing river, and offers an opportunity to choose to sit beside it instead of swimming in it. By watching the ideas from that calm riverbank, you can more clearly see the ones that float to the top and sparkle in the sun. But mindfulness is more than just mind watching mind. When we are engaged in the process of creating–whether that’s words, numbers, music, art, or movement–without getting swept up in the concept of where it might be leading, that is a very …

The ‘Gratitude’ Dilemma Unsolved

The ‘Gratitude’ Dilemma Unsolved As you will soon find out, showing gratitude for everything, ranging from mundane trivia to life-changing events is frequently touted as the route to happiness. Gratitude can be adequately defined as a form of self-acceptance that shows your appreciation for your surrounding situation. You can be grateful for practically anything: the tangibles and the intangibles, the gains and the losses, the past and the future. Certain religions and schools of thought have included and vigorously propounded it in their doctrines. Show gratitude for how your past had shaped your present, show gratitude for all the luxury that you have, show gratitude for every relationship and opportunity you encounter… and for the ether that holds everything you …

The Journey for Soul and Self

The Journey for Soul and Self Soul and body-A journey through Life The soul and body are two internal aspects of your inner world that determine the development of your self. The soul and body have to be in perfect balance in order to achieve self-realization. The soul is representative of your psychological well-being. This includes factors like intelligence, aptitude, creativity and motivation. One should live a life that is up to his or her psychological level. Otherwise, stress and anxiety become an imperative factor affecting the well-being in life. The body is directly proportional to the well being of the soul. A healthy body certainly produces a healthy mind. Longevity is worthless without happiness. Thus, it is necessary to …

Playing With Mindfulness

Playing With Mindfulness I often meet people who say things like, “I’ve been working with mindfulness for over twenty years.” My response is always this: “Oh, you poor thing! Have you tried *playing* with mindfulness? It’s very effective, and much more fun!” They tend to look at me like I’m some kind of kook, and then ask the million-dollar question: “How can you play with mindfulness?” Glad you asked…. We tend to think of mindfulness as something that develops only after years of dedicated meditation. We must sit for hours, contemplate in silence for days, go on retreats for weeks, practice daily for years. Okay, that can work. The unfortunate thing is that it IS work, and consequently, it’s about …