According to www.mindful.org (a bit on the nose if you ask me… chuckles) mindfulness is “…the basic human ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we’re doing, and not overly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s going on around us.”
Lately there is such a drought for this mental state. In an age where distraction is the norm, its not everyone that has the ability to be in a place and do so fully.
It is scary how you can be in the same room with someone that is so distracted that you actually feel alone. We’re living in a time where being in the same space as someone is easily mistaken for spending time with them. If I had a penny for the amount of times I had to repeat a joke because you weren’t listening Susan !
“Attention is the rarest and purest form of generosity.”
― Simone Weil
Part of living intentionally is being deliberate about spending time with the people that are important to you. It is actually listening to them when they speak. It is them knowing that they have your full attention. It is knowing when to not check your phone. It is an awareness how certain moments make you feel. It is intentionally focusing on the moment you’re in, letting go and just being.
“In today’s rush, we all think too much — seek too much — want too much — and forget about the joy of just being.” ~Eckhart Tolle
There is so much to be learnt from the concept of mindfulness. It is a very important part of living intentionally. Some of the best parts of a day are hidden in the small details that can only be seen through the lens of a mindful eye. One just has to pay attention.