Mindfulness Is So Hot Right Now (GratiTUDE: 1 Year + 38 Days)

January 24, 2014

I read a great quote today in Tricycle, The Budhhist Review that made me laugh at out loud :

“Mindfulness is not hitting someone in the mouth.”

That’s some hilarious real talk.

So I was chuckling, and then this one really hit home:

“Working with emotions during our meditation sessions sharpens our ability to recognize a feeling just as it begins, not 15 inconsequential actions later. We can then go on to develop a more balanced relationship with it- neither letting it overwhelm us so we lash out rashly nor ignoring it because we’re afraid or ashamed of it.”

For me personally, shame is the most damaging of all the emotions. Shame stops me from looking. When I’m feeling shame, I duck and hide to avoid whatever it is that I’m ashamed of. Shame cuts me off at the knees and leaves my compassion behind.

Anyway, I’m thinking of trying out a meditation class. :)

 What’s your gratiTUDE today?

What is a “GratiTUDE”?:

GratiTUDE is the general attitude of thankfulness and gratefulness. 

What is “What’s Your GratiTUDE?”:

Every day, for as long as I can keep it going, I’m going to tell you something I’m grateful for. I want to do this because I want to remind myself how fortunate I am in a more concrete way. They will be small things, big things, meaningful things, and seemingly inconsequential things. They may repeat on some days if I happen to feel grateful for the same thing more than once. I’m not planning it or mapping it out. I’m just feeling grateful, publicly.  And I’d like you, if you’re feeling it, to do the same.

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Lillian's Test Kitchen is an online cooking show/web series. The recipes in this series are always grain-free, gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free, and cane sugar-free. The recipes are also all (at this point) paleo. Some are vegan. Some are raw. I use the best ingredients I can find (and afford). But the Lillian's Test Kitchen show/series is not so much about food as it is about the experience of trying something you have never tried before and then finding the joy, comedy and laughter in those small moments in spite of and also often, because of dietary restrictions. My goal is to inspire others to take their health into their own hands and make (and play) their food.

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  1. TJ Gilbertson says:

    :) !

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