by Catherine Madsen
Bliss Crafter, Austin Yoga Tree
Last week, I introduced myself and talked a little bit about what mindfulness means to me. This week, we have flipped the script! We would like YOU to think about the word mindfulness and what it means to you.
At first, this may seem like a simple task. Interpreting a word is not complicated nor is it complex. However, the difficulty of this exercise is discovering a definition that is meaningful to you. People can tell you over and over what the word mindfulness means. The problem is that we are all unique human beings; what something means to one person is not necessarily what it means to someone else.
“What you think, you become. What you feel, you attract. What you imagine, you create.”
It is important to define mindfulness because when we are able to describe something, to explain it, to teach it, this shows how much we truly understand it. When we are able to describe mindfulness to others and also to ourselves, that act of mindfulness itself becomes easier. Whatever you decide the word means to you, talk about it and practice it.
“In the end only three things matter: how much you loved, how gently you lived, and how gracefully you let go of things not meant for you.”
Here are some tips to help you start thinking about mindfulness.
Write down whatever comes to mind when you think about mindfulness. Feel free to share what you come up with in the comments section below.
Check back in next week when we’ll learn about mindfulness from another Austin Yoga Tree employee!