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Learn to be more #mindful with a free online tool – #Instagram

Have you checked me out on Instagram? Not? I’ve been finding this Social Media platform most useful. Although I must confess, when I first joined I did so solely that I can ‘online stalk’ someone there too.

I mean that (online stalking) in the most positive light of those two words. Cause let’s face it; some online personalities literally ask you to follow them everywhere. Most of these people, who are obsessed with the collection of followers, usually label themselves: blogger, writer, social-media-butterfly or all of the ‘above’. You get the type?

Any-hoe, I decided why ever not? After all,  Instagram was the perfect platform for my new endeavor, which was to post one motivational picture per day. Alas, it was yet another New Years resolution I could not keep. Here we are a year and some months later and I’ve been getting back on Instagram. You could say I’ve newly discovered my cellphone camera. The truth is a bit deeper than that.

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Inspiration is all around us. Instagram is a free, fast and easy tool to share that inspiration with the world. In a mission to have something to share on that platform, I’ve become more mindful of my surroundings. It is often the small things in life that we overlook.

As I sip my morning cuppa, I'm reminded to enjoy the small things in life. #mindfulness #coffee

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Sometimes the inspiration does not come in a neatly wrapped photogenic scene. Sometimes a little editing or creation of a picture is required.

One crisp morning the very first words I heard as I switched on my car radio were these: “What are you waiting for?”

It is quite amazing what happens when we merely pay attention to our present tense moment. Yes, mindfulness.

The little angel figurine which hangs on my bedroom mirror ‘prompted’ me to share something, after I’d not done so for a few days. A newly discovered photo-editing app and a recently watched You Tube video lead to this snippet:

Perhaps this post is a change of perspective, you were not expecting.

Life is a journey.

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No, it’s not all selfies up in there. As I said on a recent post, it is all about how you use a platform. In an attempt to look for the beauty in the mundane, some of my friends post stunning landscape, city-scape and nature pictures.

So, what are you waiting for? Come check out @shiningseeds on Instagram and let your own surroundings inspire you.

*This post has been the seventh day of ‘it does not need to be perfect‘, a series currently running on this blog.

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M is for Mindfulness #AtoZChallenge on #Wellness

“There is only this moment. You should have good looking, nice fitting jeans to go with it”

Did I just quote myself? I guess I did. No better time to do so than the present. And no, I’m not actually that cocky. But, I needed to get your attention. How am I doing? Have I got you engaged in what you are presently reading? You see, today I’d like to take the opportunity and talk about something I’ve recently discovered. In essence, it has been around for thousands of years, but only recently has become popular. The word on all the wellness sites these days is:

MMindfulness

Mindfulness is about being present in the current moment. It means doing one thing at a time and being fully engaged in that activity. It means driving, and not thinking about what you are going to be cooking for dinner. It means writing and not checking your Facebook notifications when you ought to be writing. You get?
BeMindful.co.uk describes mindfulness as such:

“Mindfulness is a mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment while calmly acknowledging and accepting feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations.”

Mindfulness has its roots in the Buddhist tradition but has now been converted into an everyday solution within the wellness and health circles. Therapies have been developed to help people cope with anxiety, stress, and depression. Again, according to BeMindful.co.uk one such therapy is defined as follows:

“Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) was designed specifically to help people who are prone to recurring depression. It combines mindfulness techniques like meditation, breathing exercises and stretching, with elements from cognitive therapy to help break the negative thought patterns that are characteristic of recurrent depression.”

Oh yes, this is something I need to learn. Obviously, there aren’t people in my neck of the woods that teach MBCT. So I’ve been doing my utmost best to teach myself to be more mindful.
Mindfulness is such a huge topic there are very many blogs dedicated to the subject. I find everyone could benefit from a daily dose of mindfulness here and there.

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A little everyday problem

Many women – including myself – have problems accepting our looks the way we are at the present moment. I actually have denim jeans which would have looked great on me ten years ago – still tucked away in my closet. Obviously, I do not fit in it at this point and time. I don’t really like clothes shopping. I have this wrong notion, that I should lose weight before allowing myself to do so. In the meanwhile, I wear clothes that look shabby. All because I can’t accept my current weight. The mindful solution: Getting denim jeans that would look good on me now.
In essence, this is mindfulness – somewhat oversimplified.

Mindfulness is a way of life that looks at everything we do and how we do it. From what we eat to how spend our time. There is Meditation specially designed with mindfulness in mind. Mindfulness is everyday. Mindfulness is now.

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