A dear friend of ours reminds us to watch out thoughts. That is the essence of mindfulness. It is important to be mindful of your thoughts and where they are leading you.
"Mindfulness isn't difficult, we just need to remember to do it."
~ Sharon Salzberg
One negative moment leads to another, and another and a momentum is created. This thought stream is akin to an avalanche that engulfs you in a swamp of misery!
We have also noticed that same effect in conversations. Someone relates an unpleasant incident, and it hooks the group to relate their similar experience. And once again, the atmosphere is tainted!
The reverse is true also as that becomes a momentum of fun, laughter and joy. Sunday morning a friend was telling us that she and her mate had booked a trip to San Miguel de Allende in Mexico! This led to a wonderful discussion of this city and other trips we all had enjoyed!
"Mindfulness is a pause - the space between stimulus and response: that's where choice lies."
~ Tara Brach
"Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes."
~ Carl Jung
When we realize, we are heading for the slippery slop of the swamp, we distract ourselves. It is the same practice that parents use when they are distracting their kids from mischief.
We focus on an action like cleaning a drawer, doing something nice for each other or someone else, or talking a walk,
"Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light."
~ J. K. Rowling
The action has no innate significance other than getting you on the path back to joy and optimism. And feeling good is wonderful...
Happy Monday Every One, and We Wish You a Great Week!
~Ron & Alexandra