Mindfulness Monday – this moment

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“Waking up this morning, I smile. Twenty-four brand new hours are before me. I vow to live fully in each moment and to look at all beings with eyes of compassion.”

~ Thich Nhat Hanh

“Breathing in, I calm body and mind. Breathing out, I smile. Dwelling in the present moment I know this is the only moment.”

~ Thich Nhat Hanh, Being Peace

 

*photo by w. holcombe

Mindfulness Monday – Forgetfulness

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“Forgetfulness of your real nature is true death;
rememberance of it is rebirth.”

~Ramana Maharshi

 

*all photos and artwork on Picnic with Ants created by Wendy Holcombe.  Do not use without permission.

Mindfulness Monday – 33

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photo by S. Holcombe

“Don’t believe everything you think.
Thoughts are just that – thoughts.”

~ Allan Lokos

“Feelings, whether of compassion or irritation, should be welcomed,
recognized, and treated on an absolutely equal basis;
because both are ourselves.
The tangerine I am eating is me.
The mustard greens I am planting are me.
I plant with all my heart and mind.
I clean this teapot with the kind of attention I would have were I giving the baby Buddha or Jesus a bath.
Nothing should be treated more carefully than anything else.
In mindfulness, compassion, irritation, mustard green plant, and teapot are all sacred.”

~ Thich Nhat Hanh

Mindfulness Monday 28 – Giving

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“Before giving, the mind of the giver is happy;
while giving, the mind of the giver is made peaceful;
and having given, the mind of the giver is uplifted.”

~ Buddha

“The most precious gift we can offer anyone is our attention.
When mindfulness embraces those we love, they will bloom like flowers.”

~Thich Nhat Hanh

#HAWMC Day 19 Rough day? What do you do?

Today is Day 19 of #HAWMC (WEGO’s Health Activist Writers Monthly Challenge).  The prompt today is:

Everyone has tough days, but how do you pull yourself out of the rut?
Maybe you blog, repeat affirmations or listen to a favorite playlist.
Write about what tools, tips or practices you use to lift your spirits after a rough patch.

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image source pixaby

When I read this prompt I was reminded of a post I wrote a few years ago, I thought I’d link back to it now for your reading pleasure.  Living In The Moment  In this post you will find one of the main ways I deal with the rough days.

A little list of things I do to deal with a rough patch:

  • I do things that get me involved with others.  I reach out.  I text, email, blog, talk….
  • I do things that relax me.  I take a bath, a nap, read, watch movies and  mindless TV…
  • I do mindfulness exercises.  I focus on staying in this moment.  I remember that the past is over and the future is not written (when I’m having tough days I can get caught up in “how good things use to be” and “how bad things will always be”, neither of these things are true, focusing simply on the present can make it not as overwhelming). I meditate and do deep breathing exercises.
  • I remember to be grateful.  I write in my gratitude journal, I am sure remember I have many things to be grateful for.
  • During particularly rough times, such as a very bad vertigo attack, I chant.  I have a special chant I learned in a yoga class years ago that my husband and I chant together when I’m extremely sick with vertigo, this helps to calm me down. Om bhur bhuvah svah tat savitur varenyam”
  • I have my go to books, and I seek out books on mindfulness.  I have books by Jon Kabat-Zinn, Thich Nhat Hanh, and others that I rely on, but the first book I reach for is How to Live Well with Chronic Pain and Illness, by Toni Bernhard.
  • One of the biggest things I need to do during a rough patch is to remember, it’s not my fault.  I’m often hardest on myself during a rough patch, so I try to practice self compassion during this time most of all.
  • During particularly rough patches I reach out to my therapist, remember, that’s what they are there for.

How do you get through a rough patch?  Any suggestions?

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Mindfulness Monday 23

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what I saw while walking today.

“Walk as if you are kissing the earth with your feet.”

~Thich Nhat Hanh

 

“Take my hand.
We will walk.
We will only walk.
We will enjoy our walk without thinking of arriving anywhere.”

~Thich Nhat Hanh

 

*all photos and artwork on Picnic with Ants are created and owned by Wendy Holcombe unless otherwise noted.

Mindfulness Monday – 22

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“Feelings come and go like clouds in a windy sky.

Conscious breathing is my anchor.”

~Thich Nhat Hanh

“If you want to conquer the anxiety of life,

live in the moment,

live in the breath.”

~Amit Ray

 

 

* all artwork and photography on this site created and owned by Wendy Holcombe unless otherwise noted.