Mindful Practice

In darkest times, I learned to pray, asking each day for healing and insight to guide me. I walked with awareness, appreciating the sacredness of all living things.

Breathing consciously, I discovered an effective way to release tension.

In meditative moments, letting go of self, I felt at one with nature.

“What does that mean?” my son once asked me. I invited him to join me.

“Let go of yourself and imagine that you are a part of everything: feel the breeze flow through you; let birdsong vibrate within.”

My then ten-year-old son immersed himself in the experience. “If everyone did this,” he responded; “we wouldn’t need anger.”

Time passes; life calms, and I forgo my daily practice, till pressure builds up again, and I recognize that it’s time to start anew.

(Image my own)

I’d love to hear about your mindful practice.

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26 thoughts on “Mindful Practice

  1. ….what an inviting/inspiring post–and what a memorable and abiding illustration.
    I, too, pray. There is an icon wall with icons painted by my Orthodox Romanian friend, Cornel, beside my bed (the Virgin and Child; Archangels Michael and Gabriel; a carved Christos Rex crucifix). Hanging from three chains from the ceiling before them is a glass bowl with oil and wick that I keep lit 24/7, and its flame calms me immediately in the night, and before which I repeat the Jesus prayer (‘Lord Jesus Christ have mercy…’) and include those near and dear who need special mention–twice a day. I also have an Orthodox prayer bracelet which allows me to finger the knots and say this prayer whenever I’m in a situation making me tense up (like, say, the doctor’s waiting room). And throughout the day, I’m murmuring ‘Lord Jesus help me’, if one of those unbidden memories comes visiting, and it brings immediate memory evaporation, which I acknowledge with a simple ‘thank you for helping me’.
    It sounds–when reading this over–like I’m a little obsessive, but actually, we all have our little rituals, and these are mine. Most calming, perhaps, is our little dog, Ashton (smile).
    You, VJ, bring peace and joy to your followers on this blog.
    Bless you.


  2. Mindfulness is essential for me (since finding it in my late 40s) but the consistency of practice was shattered when husband retired – now I have to plan ahead for focus time. My optimal “sitting” is outdoors in natural surroundings with no other humans terribly near. (My challenge is to snatch more of the less-than-optimal opportunities.)

    Good post here. Thank you. [& gorgeous imagery!]

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    1. Doesn’t take much to throw us off our practice, does it. Outdoors is optimal. Too cold here, of course, but I have a sun room with windows on three sides, so that’s a good alternative. Thanks Jazz.

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