Have you ever experienced a time when every part of your being was in the moment? If so, you have experienced mindfulness.
Mindfulness is something that we work on with our students during every Human Plant Project class. Through these classes, we give our students tools to become more mindful of their bodies, their breath, their surroundings, and the thought traffic of their minds. We encourage our students to use these tools is everyday situations. Through mindfulness, they can hit their own "pause" button in any situation and give themselves the space to respond rather than to react.
Mastering mindfulness is a life-long process, so that is why we practice. And we keep practicing. Not only do we encourage our students to practice, but as teachers, we must continue to practice as well. We are best at our jobs when we teach mindfully (which can be very difficult when there are 30 silly kids jumping all over the room). Teaching mindfully allows us to notice what is happening in the room, with each of our students, and within ourselves.
This is video is a great introduction to mindfulness! Take 5 minutes out of your day to learn more!
"The video offers a basic understanding of mindfulness but it also aims to evoke your memory of experiencing what it feels like to be mindful. Most of us have already experienced being mindful before.
We've entered it spontaneously, maybe many times in our lives, but with a bit of training it's possible to be mindul at any time we choose- even to make it a way of living our lives. That is a truly wonderful way to live!
Simply noticing a thought is a form of mindfulness - if your watching it as an impartial observer. Truly listening to a loved one is a form of mindfulness too - when we're not up in our heads planning what to say next. Sometimes these kind of experiences are so subtle that we don't notice them.
Also, it's worth noting that mindfulness does not always feel like "a deep sense of connectedness with life suddenly emerges. Everything feels alive, radiates energy and emanates sacredness."
Sometimes it can be challenging as we learn to take in the full spectrum of lifes experiences (including difficult emotions, pain and the like) without resistance or clinging. I want to acknowledge that its a journey - this thing called mindful living - a beautiful journey. Like any good journey or adventure there are ups and downs."