March 25, 2018
Last week I finished reading 10-Minute Mindfulness by S.J Scott and Barrie Davenport. I wanted to share some insight and actions I’m going to attempt to practice after reading the book.
The opening chapter describes how easy it’s become to not appreciate the present moment because we’re filled with either past regret or worries for the future. Often, we define the present as an “in between” of what was and what could be. There really isn’t enjoyment or peace in where we currently are. It’s the no-present way of living where we are completely preoccupied with either memory or expectation.
The idea that I want to move towards has it’s origins with a Buddhist Monk named Thích Nhất Hạnh. He wrote in his book Peace is Every Step “Life can be found only in the present moment. The past is gone, the future is not yet here, and if we do not go back to ourselves in the present moment, we cannot be in touch with life.”
As you probably predicted, the idea of the book was to live a more mindful lifestyle. A lifestyle that takes us back into the present moment and out of the guilt or rat race. It’s an awareness of what’s happening now, our feelings and thoughts, with absolutely no judgement or wishing it were different. It’s about creating a detached awareness which remove stress associated with longing, regret, desire or worry. Anyways, it sounds dope so I’m absolutely digging it.
The book describes 71 different mindful habits to help you carve out your path to enlightenment. Well, at least to Mindfulness. These are the ones that I’m going to try to practice.
And there you have it! My top 25 take aways from 10-Minute Mindfulness. Granted, the authors suggest picking 5 to start, but i’ve always been an over achiever.