An area of research that I am currently fascinated by is that of Mindfulness. While there are many definitions being offered by the current day academics, researchers and thought leaders in this field, my way of defining mindfulness is…
“A moment of intentional and conscious choice to be aware of your existence at a specific point in time – to be as is often said ‘living in the moment’, noticing and acknowledging the environment you are in, and being aware of your thoughts, feelings, assumptions and interpretations.”
The challenge for most of us is to develop the discipline of mindfulness and as the old saying goes “stop and smell the roses”.
If your life seems to be busier than ever and time is flying by – not minute by minute, but more like month by month, you’ll certainly appreciate how challenging this idea of mindfulness actually is. However, sometimes life creates moments where you are almost compelled to become more mindful.
Liz and I have just returned from the funeral of my Uncle Bervan who sadly passed away quite unexpectedly. Now, I say ‘unexpectedly’ because while Uncle Berv was in his eighties, up until only three weeks ago, he was on all reports, healthy, relatively fit, happy and well. As family and friends gathered to mourn his passing, we also celebrated his life, and experienced a paradoxical mixture of tears from sadness mixed with tears from laughter from the many stories recounting Uncle Berv’s life.
Toward the end of Ellen Langer’s book CounterClockWise, she writes about a visit with her friend Dodi Powell who was ninety years of age. Ellen writes that her friend said to her “I’m not afraid of dying, Ellen, but living sure can be fun.”
I’m sure you’ve heard stories of people who have had ‘near-death’ experiences, or have had some type of poignant moment or event in their life that has grabbed them solidly and shaken them into mindfully assessing who they are, their purpose in life, their opportunities in the future, and their gratitude for all they have and have experienced in their life so far. This type of experience can often lead to some significant and immediate lifestyle changes. For some these can be lasting changes in lifestyle, and for others, over time, they may choose to return completely to their previous lifestyle.
While I understand and applaud the romantic and utopian idea of removing ourselves from the stresses of life and to live each and every moment as if it were our last, I’m a bit more pragmatic than that, and I’m pretty sure that’s the same for most people.
And this is where the Intentionomics Blueprint of 9 Inescapable Truths For A Prosperous Life will be of real help. By learning about and implementing the intentional activities outlined in each of the 9 inescapable truths, you will create moments of intentional mindfulness throughout your day. Over time, these intentional moments of mindfulness will become easier, and you’ll find yourself living a more mindful, happy, flourishing and prosperous life.