Authentically Mindful
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Authentically Mindful

With mindfulness being the buzzword today, it is easy to confuse it with some feel-good, positive mumbo-jumbo. But I’ve learned the value of being mindful.

I remember my Spiritual Director talking of mindfulness, without actually using the word, over 20 years ago. A wise old Catholic priest, he called it the Sacrament of the Present Moment. He advised me to read a book by the same name by a Jesuit Priest, Jean-Pierre de Caussade.

A sacrament is a sign of grace experienced. So every moment is a moment of grace – if we allow it to be so.

Stopping to allow grace to wash over us ever so often is a practice that we must cultivate. Grace abounds, we just have to plug in to it.

Called To Be Authentically Mindful

Mindfulness is not some wonderful calm state of mind with piped music playing in the background. I wish it was.

No. Mindfulness is all about being aware. And awareness is all about being authentic.

indfulness is not trying to wish away what is going on in your life.

No. Mindfulness is about being present to all that going on in life.

The present moment is likely to be bring pain, confusion, uncertainty and dark emotions.

Mindfulness helps you to focus on these and deal with them.

It helps you ask the difficult questions. What part of me needs to be healed? Am I using being busy as an escape from what I really need to deal with in my life?

Mindfulness is not some facile ‘happiness potion’. It’s pretty darn hard work, like anything else in life that matters. It demands courage.

I never did get my hands on the book, but I did attempt to understand what my Spiritual Director advised me to do. Learn to focus on the present moment and let it speak to me.

This is Day 42 of My 66-day Journey of Healing Through Writing and Sharing.

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An inspirational writer, a creativity and writing trainer/coach, I write about life, gratitude, healing, wellness, relationships at Everyday Gyaan. I offer training/coaching to anyone looking to explore their creativity and heal through writing via The Frangipani Creative, located in Secunderabad, India. You can also find me on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. Sign up for my weekly newsletter, Bytes of Gyaan, on Substack.

4 Comments on “Authentically Mindful

      1. Maybe. I think I’m an outlier. I remember back in the 1970s, there were bumper stickers that said, “I Found It.” I was confused, even after getting an explanation (God? Jesus? I don’t remember misplacing them.) I never understood the whole trek-off-to-find-yourself thing, either. I’d never lost myself. I just didn’t get it at all. I sort of do, now, but it’s not something I ever experienced personally, and I think I’m happier for that. But I also think some measure of self-awareness is easier when you’re so introspective even the nuns worry; when you’re a happy only child and introvert who wanders the pages of books like some people trek cross-country. And I think that I was less inclined than many people I know to let other people’s opinions and assessments of me “define” me.

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