Blissfully Aware - On A Road to Mindfulness

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors

 

To live in infinite bliss, practice mindfulness and live in the moment. - Debasish Mridha

Be happy for this moment. This moment is your life. - Omar Khayyam

 

Michael Jacobs excels at pondering. Further, we both appreciate his ability to present his ponderings in an entertaining and thought-provoking manner. Yesterday, I ( Debb) found myself caught up in his recent post called "Blissfully Unaware."

 

 


When I initially read it, memories of some who are blissfully unaware came to mind. Some good and some bad. However as the day progressed, my mind couldn't shake the topic. As I prepared 34 bags of Mac's homemade dog food, a six hour process, the wheels kept turning. 

 

The thinking lead me to the idea of Blissfully Aware. Turning the topic upside down, finally lead to my true feelings. What finally occurred to me is our goal to be so aware of the moments in life, that we are no longer phased by the unaware. 


Certainly, life does not come with a crystal ball, so one could argue we rarely know for sure what tomorrow will bring. It's that blissfully unaware?  Maybe not. What if instead, we are blissfully aware that each moment is the perfect moment, the only moment. 

 

Many of the comments in Michael's post dealt with people who are blissfully unaware - to the point of being frustrating, or even rude to others. We've likely all experienced it and that was my initial reaction too. 

 

However, we've noticed, when we are blissfully aware, these instances take on far less import. They get little, if any of our energy. Why would they? It has nothing to do with us, unless we give it the power.  


Thank you Michael for another ponder-worthy post. It reminded me of our goal to stay present and remain in gratitude - blissfully aware of each remarkable moment in life.  

 

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Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
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Michael Jacobs we are both appreciative of your posts and mind. And yes, here's to blissfulness...

 

Mimi Foster - it's like being in a trance to go through the motions. When I catch myself forgetting about living in the now, I practice gratitude. It's powerful stuff. 

Nov 10, 2019 08:13 AM #3
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Grant Schneider
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Good morning Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD - I did not read Michael's post but I will.  You point of not be phased by what might happen is one take.  I look forward to Michaels's.

Nov 10, 2019 08:15 AM #4
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I love how you turned it around to be blissfully aware. Life is full of these fleeting moments. Truly precious. Love the tree and ornament from your house. 

Nov 10, 2019 08:15 AM #5
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Grant Schneider you will greatly enjoy Michael's post. 


Hi Sharon Lee - that is our zen bell - a gift to ourselves when we finished two particularily challenging transactions. ;)  

Nov 10, 2019 08:38 AM #6
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Carol Williams
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Hi Debb,
Hmmmm. I'm going to have to ponder your ponderings a bit more. I need to go read Michael's post. I recall reading it yesterday and was pondering a reply when I got distracted and didn't get back to it. I will go back.

To be aware is one thing but to blissfully aware that every moment is perfect... well that's a whole 'nother thing.  In reality, though, I guess they are because it leads us to where we will go next, or sometime down the road if not next... and we need to be paying attention. We need to be present with each moment to be able to thoroughly enjoy it... or change a potential outcome. 

Nov 10, 2019 08:41 AM #7
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Love this idea to be blissfully aware, and livein the moment. So easy and yet so hard as well. Too easy to slip into the future as we plan, and worry, memories drag us back to the past. But to remind oneself to always be present, right now, this second as this is what and where we live, hard to hold on to. Good reminder to do just that.

Nov 10, 2019 08:52 AM #8
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By the way, love your photo, is that on your deck?

Nov 10, 2019 08:53 AM #9
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Carol Williams We are obviously not spiritual gurus or experts on this subject. And I'm not suggesting that we are blissful 24/7 with mindfulness. But, I am suggesting understanding that all we have is now, and being present, helps us be remain neutral and observe rather than react to a situation with negative energy. And, if we give our energy to more pleasant thoughts and actions, it gets us more of that focus. At least, that is how it works for us. In other words, accepting the moment as perfect, isn't to label as good or  bad, the perfection is in understanding its value. That is the reason it is perfect. Does that help clarify my feelings about it? Or am I being more confusing. Hahaha

Nov 10, 2019 09:07 AM #10
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Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543 extremely difficult. Like all things, it takes practice and discipline.  Per advice from one of our favorite couples, Bernie and I gently remind one another when one of us starts going down the rabbit hole.  And yes, that is on our backyard deck, and the zen gong (bell) is a gift to ourselves and a reminder of mindfulness. 

Nov 10, 2019 09:10 AM #11
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Debb and Bernie,

Like you I enjoyed Michael Jacobs post yesterday.  I love the picture of the gong and the golden tree behind it.  They fit in the blissfully aware moment.  And it is helpful to have a partner that reminds you to change directions, and keep opening up one's capacity to receive.  In Plum Village, Thich Nhat Hanh's ashram has a bell similar to yours, it is called the bell of mindfulness.  Wishing you a great week.  A

Nov 10, 2019 09:25 AM #12
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Hi Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD 
Yes, I understand. Life is complicated that way.  I also know the seemingly unblissful moments lead to some of our greatest blessings.  It makes life much more blissful to have that trust. And, I do. 

Nov 10, 2019 09:35 AM #13
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel we love our mindful bell. And the tree is gorgeous - we will miss the golden hue it spreads. 

Hi again Carol Williams - and there you go. Hope you're having a great day. D  :) 

Nov 10, 2019 09:46 AM #14
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Yes! This is it exactly!  And loved your thought process throughout your post too Debb. I have been fortunate to have an excellent mentor (abraham) to assist me in pondering in many ways along the journey.  One or two folks aren't too happy (with little ole me) when  another one of their dramas is going on and I have no attachment and perhaps seem detached or not caring. That's not really the case that I don't care but rather keep me out of your drama states of mind!!

Nov 10, 2019 12:02 PM #15
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This is how I wish to live, "blissfully aware that each moment is the perfect moment, the only moment. "

Nov 10, 2019 12:03 PM #16
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"However, we've noticed, when we are blissfully aware, these instances take on far less import. They get little, if any of our energy. Why would they? It has nothing to do with us, unless we give it the power." 

I love that paragraph!  

 

Nov 10, 2019 02:16 PM #17
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CONGRATULATIONS Debb and Bernie, on having this blog FEATURED in the Old Farts Club group!  

Nov 10, 2019 02:17 PM #18
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I always enjoy the ponderings of Michael Jacobs as well and I think at times by the end of his post, his ponderings get turned upside down as well, haha.

Nov 11, 2019 06:03 AM #19
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Myrl Jeffcoat - thank you for the feature, and the comment.  I appreciate both. I'm guessing you're going to enjoy wonderful moments when you have an AR mini-meetup soon. 

Nov 11, 2019 06:08 AM #20
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Debb and Bernie:

I like the idea of being blissfully aware. I'll have to work on that.

Jeff

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How ironic, I just read Michael Jacobs  post and then got to read yours, it is so nice that this platform can inspire us to go in similar or different directions, Endre

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