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The Joy of Living Mindfully January 17, 2011

Posted by nrhatch in Gratitude, Happiness, Mindfulness, Nature.

We have the innate power to improve our memory, our health, and our energy levels.  We can learn to calm the mind, accept life’s challenges, sharpen our brain functions, regulate blood pressure, and remove blocks to creativity.

We can add to our joy by mindfully cultivating love, compassion, and peace.   We can do more than survive, we can thrive ~ even in the midst of uncertainty. 

Any activity that connects us with the bottomless well of peace within adds to our joy in life: 

Yoga incorporates stretching, conditioning, breathing, and relaxation exercises to integrate your mind, body and spirit.  Yoga also reduces stress, fatigue, and pain while improving circulation and body tone.  As you increase your strength, flexibility, and balance (inner and outer), you  benefit from enhanced vitality. 

Music fills the heart with joy and nourishes the soul with peace.  You don’t need to “know” anything to enjoy beautiful music.  You just need to listen and hear what is being offered. 

Dance gives you a chance to move to the music, and groove to the tunes.  With or without rhythm, it’s tons of fun.

Meditation allows you to calm your mind, heal your body, and let go of stress.   Begin each day with a clear mind and peace in your heart.  Deepen your spirituality.  Discover blocks to inner peace and creativity.  Find your purpose.  Expand your faith and trust.  Connect with your inner wisdom.  Transform adversity and challenges into opportunities.

Watercolor is a beautiful and meditative medium.  As you play with color, space, and composition, you begin to appreciate the unpredictability of your creations.

In uncertainty, lie all possibility.

Birdwatching encourages you to get out where you benefit from the sights, sounds and smells of the great outdoors.  As you connect with nature, you connect with the wisdom within.

Writing allows us to document what we see, share what we’ve learned, enjoy what life offers, and entertain with our memoirs, fiction, anecdotes, or poetry. 

We can develop an attitude of gratitude and a greater present moment orientation by observing the world around us and journaling about what we see, hear, feel, taste, smell, and think. 

Qi Gong promotes longevity and adds to our quality of life by reducing stress, increasing energy, nourishing the brain and vital organs with improved circulation, and loosening the joints.  Qi (pronounced chee) is the life force and energy inherent in all things.  Qi Gong coordinates breathing patterns with simple, gentle exercises accessible to all, regardless of age or physical fitness level.

If we want to flourish, we must nourish mind, body, and spirit.  Be Here Now.

Quote:  There is no cure for birth and death save to enjoy the interval. ~ George Santayana

No rules.  Just write!

What about you?  How do you remind yourself to live mindfully and embrace the present?

Related posts:  Celebrate Life * Be Here NowMindfulness: A Miracle Drug * Your Brain On BlissBeginner’s Yoga 1~2~3 * 10 Happiness Boosters * 13 Tips to Stay Healthy & Happy * Meditation 101 The ABC’s of Happiness *  More ABC’s of Happiness * Living Without Regret (Think Simple Now)


1. Cindy - January 17, 2011

I sometimes just step into a deep silence and take a moment to remind myself that we’re not at a dress rehearsal, this is the main event.

nrhatch - January 17, 2011

Me too. I observe the moment at hand in silence, and wait for the next to unfold.

The silence of the eternal now never fails to fill me with peace.

2. Kate Shrewsday - January 17, 2011

I’m up for birdwatching. Lovely pastime.

nrhatch - January 17, 2011

And you’ve shared some of your bird watching adventures with us. Lucky Ducks! 🙂

3. Entropy « Cities of the Mind - January 17, 2011

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4. Cities of the Mind - January 17, 2011

Wonderful post! It was the progenitor of my blog post today.

nrhatch - January 17, 2011

Thanks, Connor. Your post is fascinating.

What would like be life is we ALL lived up to our potential?

When we share our “light” with others, like the passing of a candle flame down the line, we all burn more brightly.

5. Debra - January 18, 2011

Wonderful post. Makes me smile. One of those quiet smiles. Where your mind is relaxed and your smile is not forced.
Meditation or watching birds or watching the sunlight among the trees…you know I want to try watercolor.

Thanks again ..Namaste!

nrhatch - January 18, 2011

Wonderful. Watercolor encourages present moment orientation . . . next color? next color?

I started small with a child’s 8 cup watercolor set, a good brush, and a small pad of watercolor paper.

Once I decided that I enjoyed it, I bought a few more accessories and tubes of paint.

6. Entropy - Cities of the Mind » Cities of the Mind - January 30, 2012

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