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The Art of Mindfulness – Serenity Now

We live in a VUCA world!  VUCA = Volatile, Uncertain, Complex, Ambiguous. 

Our sense are under constant attack.  Whether is it at work, on the crag, in the gym or that dang cell phone that keeps pinging!  How do we just make it all stop we can focus?

Being Mindful is bringing awareness to what you’re directly experiencing via your senses, or to your state of mind via your thoughts and emotions.  There’s growing research that shows when you train your brain to be mindful, you’re actually remodeling the physical structure of your brain.  Being mindful is about emotional intelligence and knowing how you feel in your own skin right now…and then knowing how the way you are feeling is affecting your behavior and then one more step– how is your behavior affecting everyone around you?  Are you leaving an army of dead bodies on the road behind you or allies ready to lend a hand?

How to practice Mindfulness from Mindful.org:
1.      Set aside some time. You don’t need a meditation cushion or bench, or any sort of special equipment to access your mindfulness skills—but you do need to set aside some time and space.
2.      Observe the present moment as it is. The aim of mindfulness is not quieting the mind, or attempting to achieve a state of eternal calm. The goal is simple: we’re aiming to pay attention to the present moment, without judgment. Easier said than done, we know.
3.      Let your judgments roll by. When we notice judgments arise during our practice, we can make a mental note of them, and let them pass.
4.      Return to observing the present moment as it is. Our minds often get carried away in thought. That’s why mindfulness is the practice of returning, again and again, to the present moment.
5.      Be kind to your wandering mind. Don’t judge yourself for whatever thoughts crop up, just practice recognizing when your mind has wandered off, and gently bring it backThat’s the practice. It’s often been said that it’s very simple, but it’s not necessarily easy. The work is to just keep doing it. Results will accrue.

You are the most important person to YOU.  Only YOU can take the best care of YOU!

Remember to be kind to your body and brain by resting.  We know that getting a good night’s sleep reduces stress, increases productivity and memory and is linked to living longer and healthier lifestyles.  Getting enough sleep allows your brain to consolidate learning into your long-term memory storage and to process your day.  Research shows that getting 20 minutes a day of light into your eyeballs (not through sun glasses) allows you to sleep better at night.  So go catch some rays!  Then after you are rested, COME CLIMB WITH US!

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