Monday Moment: Show me

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I hope it was a wonderful weekend for you! Just a little reminder to start our week here of the power of intentional action. One of the benefits of mindfulness is developing the ability to find the “space between stimulus and response,” (V. Frankl) so that we can respond deliberately. Although none of us is perfect, and we all make mistakes or lose our grounding now and then, over time our responses and actions become indistinguishable from who we are. The imprint we leave on the world isn’t of what we thought, or meant, or intended to happen. It’s of what we did (including what we speak). Make your actions intentional, and your imprint both deliberate and authentic to you.

Have a mindful week!

Monday Moment: Speaking of

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It’s Leap Day! What better occasion to take the opportunity to be in the present moment? You won’t get this date again for four years, and of course, you’ll never get exactly this one again, ever.

Aside from special dates, today’s quote is one we can take with us every day, not only as we speak ourselves but also as we listen to others. Mindfulness can make us more aware of the power of our words and, if we like, more intentional in choosing them. Coupled with its trusty side kick, compassion, it can also make it more likely that we will recognize when others are building a “house” from a place of struggle. Doesn’t mean we need to hang out in it with them, but it may mean that “I don’t like your house” becomes “I’m sorry that’s your house right now.” It’s a subtle but powerful shift.

May your week be full of opportunities to speak with intention, and with heart.