Updated: Jun 13
Greetings Divine child —
You know that feeling of arriving home without remembering the drive there? That's how many of us live our lives. We're so distracted and consumed by our constant mind-chatter that we miss the present moment. And the more we do this, the more disconnected we feel from the world around — and within — us.
If you're ready to rediscover the richness and depth of your life and reenter your experience on this planet, there's something you must do. You've probably heard it before: it's called mindfulness.
Being mindful is a skill. And just like any skill, it needs to be practiced daily. The practice itself involves opening your awareness and connecting with your environment in the present moment.
When was the last time you were truly in the present moment? When did you last experience your life, and not just think about it? Being in the present moment is not limited to meditation, and truly experiencing life is not limited to adrenaline-fueled adventures. You can be present and truly experience life anywhere, at any time. The key is to quiet the seemingly endless mind-chatter.
The mind is a supercomputer. Research shows that the human mind processes billions of bits of information every second. It's an information-processing machine. But therein lies the opportunity, for a machine can be reprogrammed.
To truly be present, you must break the pattern of existing on autopilot. To break the pattern, you must practice being mindful. And to practice being mindful, you must make the effort to get OUT of your mind and into your body.
A great way to enter a state of mindfulness — getting out of the mind and into the body — is to focus on your senses. The body is always in the present moment. When you smell your coffee in the morning, pay attention to the smell. Spend a little time just experiencing the smell. There's no need to describe it; just experience it. When you eat your lunch, focus on the taste and texture. Notice every bite, not just the first and last ones.
A great mindfulness exercise involves pretending to be a three-year-old. When you explore the world around you as if you were a three-year-old, it's like you're seeing it for the first time. You can practice this skill while doing a simple task, like washing the dishes. Feel the temperature of the water, notice how the soap smells, see how the bubbles glisten. Be in the experience.
When our attention is constantly on the past — that insensitive thing our coworker said at work, or that embarrassing experience we endured in high school — or the future — what we're going to make for dinner, whether or not we should apply for that promotion — we miss out on the beauty of the present moment.
This week, try to spend less time in your mind, and more time in your body. Remember, the body is always in the present moment. It is the physical vehicle that walks for you, eats for you, talks for you, listens for you, feels for you — it is here for you. Take a moment and ask yourself how often you allow it to be center stage. Probably not often enough, because the mind will barely allow it. The mind wants all your attention. It is a demanding, reactive program that needs to be rewired. This is where you, the master of your reality, the one who is truly in charge, takes over. Practice being mindful this week by listening to your body and rediscovering the simple joys of life.
Remember who you are — you are Divine Love.
This blog is somewhat progressive, please refer to earlier posts if you feel this post is too advanced.
Disclaimer: Be Advised that this information can create enlightenment which can lead to empowerment. HLS does not treat, heal, cure or otherwise provide any medical or psychological services whatsoever. HLS offers this information to you in the hopes that you will be able to discern what does and does not resonate with you.