Welcome to Serenity week! I've decided I am going to do things a bit differently this week. Instead of my usual Bliss Initiatives, this week I am going to try on a Serenity experiment and take you along for the ride! Each morning I am going to wake up and spend a few minutes meditating, then I will do a little search on the internet and find an inspired "Finding my way to Serinity" activity you can try out. I will pair my activity with a serene image and finish up with a quote or teaching on Serenity that I find useful. I'll report anything new or interesting I discover as I go along. Shall we get started?
I'll start with my Serenity Image of the day... to get us all in the mood!
|"Serenity" (acrylic on stretched canvas) by Cherie Dirksen |
Cherie's site is well worth a vist. Her work is fantastic!
Today's Serenity inducing idea comes from the website The Good Life Zen's article entitled Mindfulness: how to turn stress into serenity by Mary Jaksch.
A simple way to practice mindfulness.
Whenever you notice that your mind is straying away from the task at hand, stop for a moment. Then touch forefinger and thumb for one complete in-and out-breath. Then continue your task and notice how your experience changes through becoming mindful.
She also offered the following exercise for generating mindfulness in the moment:
How about this moment?
Pause for a moment right now and take three deep breaths… Notice sounds and smells. Feel the breath flowing in and out.
All of us tend to let our mind drift when faced with a ‘boring’ task. The good news is that if we pull ourselves back into the present moment, the task is transformed, and boredom soon disappears. So, whether it’s washing the dishes, or cutting carrots, or driving in the rush hour – mindfulness can transform ‘lost’ time into islands of ease and joy.Do check out the entire article here for more insights into the serenity/mindfulness connection.
In this article Mary also shares the quote I've chosen for today:
“Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally”
~ Jon Kabat-ZinnFor more on mindfulness by Jon Kabat-Zinn I recommend "Toward a Mindful Society" from the Shambala Sun Magazine March 2010.
How serene do you feel today?
Next Post: The experiment continues...