Monday Moment: Directed energy

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When I teach mindfulness classes, I often start by saying that you need to have brought three things with you: your attention, your intention and your breath. By the time most people are voluntarily sitting in a mindfulness class, those three things are already front and center. It’s a little different in everyday life, though. Our attention goes to whatever is right in front of us, and intention, well…huh? We’re just trying to get through.

There’s a quote often used in mindfulness by Jose Ortega y Gassett that reads, “Tell me to what you pay attention, and I will tell you who you are.” It’s a simple idea, but one with complicated implications. Your frame of mind and what you think about as you go about your day matters. Thinking is an action, and your thoughts both require and contain energy. Mindfulness teaches us that we can’t control or stop our minds from thinking, nor should we want to, but we can choose how much attention we give our thoughts. That’s the intention behind your attention.

Some food for “thought” as you start your week. May you have your attention, intention, and of course your breath (!), with you every step of the way.

Photo credit: Marc Wieland


As expected

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Have you ever been pleasantly surprised by something? I mean, who hasn’t, right? Maybe not as often as you’d like, but it’s a nice thing, to have someone or something turn out differently than you expected – in a good way. Expectations can be tricky, though, because they break both ways. They are also usually part of a storyline that we have constructed through habitual planning and thinking about the future, and sometimes we forget that, even if they’re based on previous experience, they’re also completely made up.  Read More


No-Fail Friday: (Dis)comfort zone

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Hey there! It’s the weekend! Hope you’ve been able to find some time to check in with yourself this week, especially if there are any areas of your life that you are currently “holding your breath” to get through. We talked about this approach earlier in the week, as it’s one that we all use at some point or another. It’s useful in that it reminds us that all things are temporary, and change is the only constant, but when it becomes a habit, it also ensures that we miss most of our life waiting for it to start.  Read More