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Mindless Mindfulness // Making mandalas

A human being is part of a whole, called by us the #Universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings, as something separated from the rest a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circles of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.
— Albert Einstein

Mindless Mindfulness

Some people think you need solitude, a quiet room and closed eyes to mediate. In reality you can create a mediation practice where 'being in the moment' and 'quieting the mind' becomes second nature.

Not saying I'm completely there but I've become more aware. There's a certain stillness in myself. Moments when I don't really think about anything. I just am. I observe. I breathe. I see. I feel alive being there with my surroundings.. simply being.

Before we flew back home from a soulful trip to NYC I did just that. I sat there breathing in Central Park for the last time in I don't know how long. I was so grateful to be there in those final moments. I sat still and circled rocks, making mandalas.


I left the area better than it was before.

I breathed in the fresh air and froze my mind in time. I mediated in my own way.. creating a mandala with the sparkly rocks and gems from the area. I hope whoever sat in that spot next saw it and felt joy, gratitude, like life was totally worth it. 

The truth about mindfulness is there's no secrets, theres's practice. Once you practice it in enough it becomes automatic. You simply meditate as you are, where you are. You can quiet your mind at any moment even in the loudest of parks. That's what I call mindless meditation.

Start today!


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Heatherlee is a fearless mom, designer, artist and community maker in St. Paul, MN. She's a doula-in-training, apprentice energy worker and life long learner interested in wellness, social entrepreneurship and the intersection of culture, consciousness and creativity. More about Heatherlee's entry into women's health and birth work, and her career milestones so far.