Mindfulness is HARD

My mind untethered is pretty crazy. The strange places it goes leaves me almost always chuckling at the absurdity of what's going on up there. Anyone else?!? And even after many years of working to wrangle some semblance of control over my thoughts and also actions, it's still incredibly difficult! Honestly, I've tried for TOO long to not reach for my phone upon waking before I meditate...but guess what? Every. Time. Curiosity killed the cat, but it also killed a #mindfulness practice. But today was different. Today, I rolled out of bed and just sat. And it felt good.

All of this to say, pay closer attention. Pay attention to subtle happenings in humans and nature and inanimate objects and indeed within yourself. Watch your mind without needing to always identify with it. Listen to, and be in awe of birds singing for an extra long moment. Keep returning your awareness to what is here and now.

As Thich Nhat Hanh teaches, "breathing in, I know that I'm breathing in. Breathing out, I know that I am breathing out" So simple: be exactly with what you are doing in the moment--whether that's in meditation, or creating an Excel spreadsheet. Be fully in that, not "lost in it," "focused" or even in flow state with on the task, but absolutely clear that you're doing the thing while you're doing the thing. Does that make sense?