Sunday, we discusssed in our Master Mind how well we all handled this year and a half long health crisis. We kept living in the moment in our thoughts. Living mindfully is a practice, and this was a perfect opportunity to hone our skills.
We stayed in the moment. We applauded and appreciated all the work arounds that businesses came up with, and we also made up our own workarounds. We traveled by plane and spend time with friends.
We traveled on business and accomplished a feat that could not have been accomplished otherwise. And we even fullfilled our wishes of a ski trip in March...
Our quality of life was not compromised or lessened by any means. We discovered new parks to picnic, new isolated beaches to walk on. We found more reasons to laugh, and wonderful movies to watch. And we were blessed with several new projects to work on.
Instead of missing our Chi-gong classes, we found several videos that were excellent to practice with. Ron learned a new routine in Tai Chi that he enjoys practicing daily. And we did our Yoga practice also.
Ron was able to get his new "bionic" eyes during this time. I am referring to the cataract surgery, which he perfectly aced without any difficulty, or downtime.
As masks are no longer required in some parts of the United States, we talked about the fact that the invisible masks that most people wear remain for many perfectly fixed.
It is a way of living--not good, not bad! Even without a mask, many of us are masked in some role or other, which we believe will ease our way in life. No doubt you have heard the expression of putting your best face forward. Some have a wardrobe of masks for different roles they play.
We all learned along our life's journeys that masks are not necessary. Being ourselves is so much easier on the psyche than pretense of any sort, it is also healthier. We all meditate on a daily basis, and we all practice staying in the moment.
Meditation clears the mind chatter and steers clear of the negative. It reminds us of who we fundamentally are. Mindfulness makes every moment sweeter and more enjoyable.
"Love takes off masks that we fear we cannot live without and know we cannot live within."
~ James A. Baldwin
"Tear off the mask. Your face is glorious"
"Most lives are spent putting on and taking off masks."
~ Gore Vidal
"Be real, because a mask only fools people on the outside. Pretending to be someone you're not takes a toll on the real you, and the real you is more important than anyone else."
~ Alex Gaskarth
"That’s what real love amounts to - letting a person be what he really is....Most people love you for who you pretend to be....To keep their love, you keep pretending - performing. You get to love your pretense...
It’s true, we’re locked in an image, an act - and the sad thing is, people get so used to their image - they grow attached to their masks. They love their chains.
They forget all about who they really are. And if you try to remind them, they hate you for it - they feel like you’re trying to steal their most precious possession."
~ Jim Morrison
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