Monday Moment: Home base

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I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the role of my mindfulness practice in my life. I spend a lot of time on the move – around town, to different towns, and when I’m lucky, around the world. It may sound exciting, to always be changing venues, and it definitely can be. But, over time, it can just as easily overload your circuits and wear you out.

Stepping out of your comfort zone is an incredible experience, but we need to balance those experiences with moments that bring us back to center, so we can then venture back out.

But, as the famous title implies, wherever I go, there I am. Well, there mindfulness is, and in turn, myself. Finding my breath and turning my focus inward, for even a few minutes, is a reset button in the midst of any experience. It’s like going home, only to realize I never really left.

In other words, it isn’t as much about where you are as it is about what, or whom, you find there. To be at home in the world is to be at home with yourself first.


Monday Moment: Lifelong learning

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In this season of “back to school” and new beginnings of many kinds, we start our week with an ode to living life to the fullest. Although the two sides of this quote imply opposite outcomes, they’re really perfectly in sync with the notion that the present moment is something to be soaked up, wrung out and delighted in.

Mondays sometimes feel rough, but then, think of all the potential-filled moments today holds for things that make you smile, laugh, and even forget what day it is. They are days to be gotten through, or days to be truly lived through. The choice is yours to make, mindfully.


Monday Moment: Open-hearted

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We all know how it feels to love someone. It doesn’t matter the “kind” of love it is, or was.  You know that love makes you feel like a better version of yourself. It’s expansive; it reaches out. It feels like it fills in pieces you didn’t know were missing (because they weren’t — topic for another day). It makes you feel stronger, and makes the world seem bigger. It makes you feel limitless.

That’s the big love — the say-it-out-loud kind of love that we can clearly connect to another person. But what if it were possible to hold little pieces of that feeling for other people, too? Everyone has, or had, someone who loves them. Someone who feels or felt about them exactly as you feel about the people you hold closest to your heart.

What if you could see that love in everyone?

Taking this perspective requires an internal shift, and may be one you can only hold for a second or two. But, whoa, what a second or two that would be. For just a moment, your heart might be open enough to light a little piece of the sky — and as you know from experience, a little piece of you, too.